Re-direct fines to become much needed funds for anti-racism work, campaign says
Show Racism the Red Card is calling on the football authorities to direct fines levelled at players and clubs involved in racism related incidents, to anti-racism campaign work.
The campaign is asking for fines administered by the FA, with recent examples including John Terry and Luis Suarez, to be split 50-50 between Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) and Kick It Out (KIO).
Recent FA fines to players in racism cases have amounted to £310,000 – this eclipses the grants received by Show Racism The Red Card, currently £1,500 from the FA and £25,000 from the Premier League/ PFA Community Fund.
Show Racism the Red Card ambassador and former-Newcastle United defender Olivier Bernard said “football must be doing more” at a time when TV revenue is at its peak.
“With the amount of money in football at the present time it’s really important that football is seen to be giving something back to its community,” Olivier said.
“I have worked for SRtRC for three years and in that time I can see that we have managed to really change attitudes and combat racism.
“I back the call for more funding for anti-racism campaigning. At our event at Sunderland this week, Louis Saha told us about the racist abuse he had received on social networks – this is a growing problem that we are coming across in classrooms around the country.
“Fines that players receive for racist abuse on social media should go into anti-racism campaigning.”
Last season, SRtRC organised 51 educational club events in England: 10 at Premier League clubs (11 including Swansea City); the additional funding would enable the campaign to organise events with young people at all 20 Premier League Clubs.
In the longer term, SRtRC would also seek to work with more clubs, year on year, in the Football League, aiming for all 92 clubs within three years.
Former-Wolves goalkeeper and current SRtRC worker Matt Murray said: “Racism is a serious issue in society, not just football. But football is a great vehicle for talking about it – it gets the coverage.
“Money from fines should be pumped back into funding campaigns on the issue, that would be massive for Show Racism The Red Card.”