Former England under-21 goalkeeper speaks out
There should be a clear zero tolerance stance
There needs to be modules at every level of Football Coaching – in particular alongside coaching badges – on how to deal with racism if there is an incident involving one of your players. There should be a clear zero tolerance stance in your own dressing room. At all levels of football, but especially at grassroots level, people don’t know what to do or where to turn.
More funding should be given to SRtRC and Kick It Out. The money from fines issued for racist abuse should be given to campaigns such as ours and, to support our work, all clubs should agree to host an education event for young people, free of charge at their ground, promising the support of at least two first team players. Clubs are great at promising to support Show Racism the Red Card on these terms, but often they’ll send reserve players, or young players with a limited profile and knowledge or interest in anti-racism work.
The English FA is a powerful organisation who must flex their muscles and influence FIFA and UEFA to make sure other football associations across the world sign up to a strong Code of Conduct so the changes seen in English football in the past few decades can be seen in other countries.