Positive steps are being taken to tackle racism from the upper echelons of professional football; with details starting to emerge about the make up of FIFA’s new Anti-Racism Taskforce.
The BBC is reporting that further details about the composition of the group will be released today, along with information on the planned sanctions regime and educational programme that will be implemented following the original announcement of plans to develop the specialist task force last month.
Potential members are thought to include Kick It Out’s Lord Ouseley, as well as high profile players including AC Milan’s Kevin Prince-Boateng. Outside of the sport, it is hoped that experts on far-right groups in eastern Europe and specialists in ethnic minority under-representation and homophobia will be utilised to help ensure that a robust and action focused group will be ready in time for FIFA’s annual congress in May.
The announcement of taskforce comes hot on the heals of yesterday’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which this year carried the theme is Racism and Sport. To mark the occasion the United Nations held a special panel discussion on the subject in Geneva featuring Prince-Boateng along with Manchester City Ambassador and former France International Patrick Vieira.
Show Racism the Red Card are pleased to see that the model of combining high profile advocacy from players and roles models with educational programmes and initiatives is being backed by football’s central governing body. Whilst we recognise that there is still work to be done, the concept has worked successfully throughout the UK for the last 17 years.