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English FA Official Asks Government to Fight Racism in Football


Mahmoud Al Assal

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:48 GMT

English Football Association official Paul Elliott, a former Chelsea captain, asked the government on Tuesday January 14th to help in fighting racism in football.

Elliott, 55, told the BBC that the FA had a zero-tolerance attitude to racism and ministers should adopt the same policy.

The 2018-19 season witnessed a rise of incidents of racist abuse which rose 43% compared to the previous season, according to the campaign group Kick It Out.

"We in football are giving off a message about zero tolerance," Elliott said.

Elliott asked the government to be alongside the FA in the same camp to combat racism in football.

The former central defender, Elliott stressed the importance of supporting the players with potential benefits within football and in society at large, "There has to be a duty of care because the by-product of speaking out will be the positive impact and the positive behaviour in stadiums, which will then have a domino effect on societal behaviour."

Elliott said that with the utmost respect, this was one area where there had to be a united front,and all had to stand together.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport also announced in a statement that it was working with football authorities in tackling racism.

"Racism or any form of discrimination has no place in football or society, and we must confront this vile behaviour," the department said in a statement.