Reducing racist hate crimes in football low on County FA’s agenda, says the BAME Football Forum

The BAME Football Forum (BFF), who have consistently raised awareness of racism and discrimination in football; have said that their local football Governing body has no ambition to deal with the rising concerns around racism in football at a grassroots level.

The forum, who delivered a hugely successful event back in October of last year saw representatives from Kick It Out, Show Racism the Red Card, The National and Local FA, Crime Prosecution Services and the Police in attendance.

The forum have said that their local governing body, the Leicestershire and Rutland County FA has no intention of actively seeking ways to reduce cases of racism with communities; and that as a body who governs football, they should have more accountability around proactively progressing the race agenda.

The forum is calling for:

  • Greater protection around the safeguarding and support of children and young people being abused at a grassroots level.
  • Open processes to monitor the number of clubs and players who commit racial abuse, and where these crimes are happening geographically.
  • Closer working by the FA with the Police to provide evidence to assist charging alleged offenders.

Read the full press release using the link below. 

Ahmed Mavaria Vice Chair of the BFF, said,

“We have put ourselves out there as a forum and as a community to support the work around racism, however, the County FA have simply not been inclusive in whatever approaches they are manufacturing behind the scenes. The epidemic of racism in football is a big deal, and we believe that the Government should do more to hold football authorities to account. We will be requesting a meeting with the Minister of Sport to discuss these issues further.”