SRtRC Honorary President reflects on the events of 2012
“I don’t think anyone expected a year like 2012 in English football. 2011 certainly finished with a bang that only seemed to snowball during the next calendar year. Players, clubs, fans, National Associations, the English FA and even the anti-racism campaigns were called in to question in one way or another.
“Personally, I thought the FA’s coming to the defence of Danny Rose was every bit as strong and commendable as the Serbian fans actions were deplorable. For too long, black players have been subject to such abuse with little support from the game’s highest authorities. But then, I also thought they needed to be stronger in dealing with their own.
“The result was a backlash from a number of black players throughout the league, the unfortunate and unwitting recipients being those initiatives which champion equality but are funded by the FA and Premier League. The discussions that followed and continue, I believe, will change the game for the better. An equality of voice and representation was missing. Satellite organisations were proposed, and maybe considered, though I don’t think that is the right path. The solutions may not be easily found.
“Organisations such as Show Racism the Red Card and Kick It Out thrive because of our combined belief in the power of football. Football has a role to play, and may find itself leading the way in this social issue, but challenges are what makes this game great. If we put the colours of our shirt aside this ‘game’ becomes pretty one-sided. It’ll take time but more than football wins in the end.”
Show Racism the Red Card