Show Racism the Red Card's Chair joined a summit on discrimination in football at 10 Downing Street
Kevin Miles, Chair of Show Racism the Red Card, joined SRtRC patrons John Barnes, Chris Hughton and Chris Powell for a meeting at Downing Street today. Representatives from the football authorities, former players and campaign groups assembled for a meeting hosted by the Prime Minister to discuss the issue of discrimination in football.
Ex-professional footballers, representatives of the Football Association, the Premier League, the Professional Footballers Association and Kick It Out met David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt and Hugh Robertson to discuss recent racist incidents in the game.
Speaking at the meeting, Kevin said:
"There is no doubt that footballers are role models for young people - the success of our campaign was founded on this. Providing training to footballers would be incredibly helpful. This would help players in their ability to be anti-racism ambassadors.
"Educating against racism is the purpose of our campaign and something we do very effectively. That said, our charity is unable to carry out this vital work without secure funding."
Earlier this month, Show Racism the Red Card held a joint conference with Kick It Out. Working Together For Equality brought together representatives from across professional football. Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, spoke of his support for this event and of the work of both Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card.
The discussion focused on progress achieved to date, the challenges ahead and how the Government can support the football authorities and campaign groups to send a clear message that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated in the national game. The football authorities have agreed to work together on a way forward and report back to Government before the start of the next season.
Mr Miles said:
"Our campaign is keen to work in partnership with other anti-discrimination bodies; this would be a progressive step and would help us to deliver a united message both within football and to the wider society."
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
"As our national game, football has exceptional reach into every community. So much about football reflects what makes us great as a nation, and we all want to keep it that way.
"Football has done a huge amount in recent decades to eradicate the types of racist attitudes and behaviour that sadly often blighted the game. The football authorities, leagues, clubs and campaigns like Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card have led the way in this respect and must be praised for their efforts. But we cannot be complacent. We must address problems which could, if left unchecked, threaten to undo much of the hard work that has been done.
"Football must do more to be inclusive, in order that the beautiful game is truly open to all players, managers, coaches and supporters. Today’s announcements mark a further step towards this goal. We will continue to work in partnership to confront discrimination within the sport."
For more see the Government Press Release.