PFA Chief Executive backs the calls for fines to make a difference
“I think it is an excellent idea to use the monies received for racist fines to be distributed to anti-racism charities and I think an excellent gesture by the Football Association to make sure that such monies are used for that purpose."
Gordon Taylor, PFA Chief Executive
(Gordon Taylor pictured at SRtRC Preston North End FC 2011 event with PFA Chair & SRtRC Patron Clarke Carlisle and Phil Brown)
Earlier this month, Show Racism the Red Card called for all FA fines in cases of racist abuse in football, for example the recent cases of John Terry and Luis Suarez, to be split 50-50 between its campaign and Kick It Out (KIO).
SRtRC have received some great support from Managers, players and former professional footballers for this idea.
The latest high profile supporter of the campaign to back the call is Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), Gordon Taylor.
The PFA are one of the campaign’s major sponsors, Gordon has spoken at many SRtRC events and is a former professional footballer himself.
Gordon said, “I think it is an excellent idea to use the monies received for racist fines to be distributed to anti-racism charities and I think an excellent gesture by the Football Association to make sure that such monies are used for that purpose.
“We fully support your campaign.”
Those who have already backed the call include Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, former-England manager Graham Taylor, Robbie Keane, former-England defender Sol Campbell, former-Charlton player Jason Euell, manager of Charlton Wolves midfielder Karl Henry, Aberdeen manager Craig Brown, former-Sunderland player Kevin Ball, Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, former-England and Liverpool legend John Barnes, Sky Sports's Chris Kamara, former-Newcastle forward David Kelly, former-full back John Beresford and former-Barnsley manager, John Hendrie.
Chief Executive of SRtRC Ged Grebby said: “With the exception of the PFA, we don't have any planed income from football authorities for 2013.
“Whilst we receive great support in kind from the football clubs, ultimately to run a professional organisation you need funding.
“Show Racism the Red card as a campaign has 24 ex-professional players working for us and they are great role models for combating racism in society.
“The funding from fines is not 'planned income' for the FA and it should be used to fund anti-racism and it should be used to challenge and change racist attitudes.”
ITV Tyne Tees interviewed Ged Grebby and former professional footballer and SRtRC coach Olivier Bernard about the campaign for FA racism fines to go to anti-racism initiatives earlier this month.