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Kick It Out says response by FA’s Clarke to PFA’s Sampson letter was ‘disgraceful’

• Herman Ouseley ‘shocked’ the response was in form of 14-word email• Complaint should have brought closure within days, says Kick It Out chairmanHerman Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, has described himself as “shocked” by the revelations about h…

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Kick It Out received more football abuse reports in 2016-17 than ever before

• Total of 469 reports is 16.7% higher than figure for previous year
• Racist, sexist and other forms of abuse at all levels of football included

Kick It Out, football’s anti-discrimination campaign,received more reports of racism, sexism and other forms of abuse in 2016-17 than any previous season in which numbers have been collected. Issuing the details for incidents reported at all levels of the game last season, Kick It Out said it received 469 reports, an increase of 16.7% on the 402 reported in 2015-16.

Complaints of discriminatory behaviour were made by people attending Premier League, Football League and Women’s Super League matches, as well as reported incidents at non-league and grassroots football, although the campaign believes most grassroots abuse goes unreported. The total, a record since the organisation began to act as a reporting vehicle in 2012-13, also included some complaints about discriminatory posts on social media.

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Manchester United urged to stop their fans singing song about Romelu Lukaku

• Kick It Out write to club after footage emerges of ‘alleged racist chanting’
• Song, heard at Old Trafford last week, makes reference to Lukaku’s manhood

Manchester United have been urged to stop their supporters singing a song about Romelu Lukaku that makes reference to the size of the striker’s manhood on the basis that it reinforces racist stereotypes.

The anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out intervened after footage emerged of United fans singing the song, which goes to the tune of the Stone Roses hit Made of Stone, during the team’s 3-0 victory over Basel at Old Trafford in the Champions League last week. It is believed to have been repeated during Sunday’s 4-0 win against Everton at the same venue when Lukaku, who joined United from the Merseyside club for a fee of £75m rising to £90m with add-ons in July, scored one goal and assisted another.

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Herman Ouseley calls for FA clarity on inquiry into Eni Aluko abuse claims

• England player paid £40,000 despite inquiry finding no case to answer
• Aluko claimed England manager Mark Sampson and staff were abusive

Herman Ouseley has called for the Football Association to provide more clarity about an independent investigation into claims the England manager, Mark Sampson, and his staff were abusive towards Eni Aluko.

Lord Ouseley, the chairman of the anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out, said he found it contradictory the FA had paid Aluko upwards of £40,000 despite the investigation and a separate internal review apparently finding there was no case to answer.

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After 30 years, I’m boycotting Aston Villa. Why? John Terry’s past racist language | Steve Bloomfield

In any other workplace Terry would have lost his job after the 2011 abuse of Anton Ferdinand, but not in football. So as long as he is a Villan, I’m not

• Steve Bloomfield is deputy editor of Prospect

I became an Aston Villa fan by chance. My dad, who grew up in north London, is an Arsenal fan, but because we lived in Birmingham he thought I should support a local team.

Villa had just been promoted to the first division, while Birmingham City still languished in the second, so he took me to Villa Park. My first match was a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in September 1988 – we sat on wooden benches at the front of the Trinity Road stand, close enough to the sidelines to hear the yells of the coaching staff and the thuds and grunts of the players. We went several times a year and when I turned 13 I bought a season ticket.

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Kick It Out sticks boot into FA’s ‘unfair’ and ‘superficial’ reforms

• Under-pressure FA pledges to include three women on board
• ‘By prioritising women, all other groups are being left behind’

The chairman of Kick It Out has criticised the Football Association’s planned reforms, branding them unfair and superficial.

On Monday, the FA outlined its vision for the future – in response to the House of Commons passing a no confidence motion in the governing body last month. The FA’s blueprint contains a pledge to reserve three positions on the board for women and introduce a nine-year limit on membership. However, those plans have failed to impress Lord Ouseley, who said they failed to address black and minority ethnic representation.

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FA Council member Ray Kiddell sparks Kick It Out complaint with ‘ethnic’ comment

• Kick It Out and Football Supporters’ Federation ‘dismayed’ by Kiddell
• FA is under increasing Government pressure to reform

Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation will complain to the Football Association over “unhelpful comments” made by one of its council members about reform within the game in England.

The FA finds itself under increasing scrutiny after the House of Commons passed a “no confidence” motion in football’s governing body’s ability to reform itself, with specific criticism that its board fails to represent the diversity of the game.

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Kick It Out reveals large rise in reported football discrimination on social media

• Annual report shows 2.5% increase in reported incidents of discrimination
• Most significant figure is 18% rise in reported social media instances

Incidents of discrimination in football are on the increase as abuse moves from the terraces to the internet, according to a report.

Related: Brexit will increase intolerance outside our football grounds, says Lord Ouseley

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Kick It Out needs helping out if football is truly serious about fighting racism | Daniel Taylor

The anti-racism group needs a cash injection and, when so many will be enjoying the game’s TV millions, isn’t it time the people with the power to do something about it stopped looking the other way?

As far as I can gather, Gordon Taylor has never properly explained how it ever came to pass that he decided he was doing such a commendable job as the chief executive at the Professional Footballers’ Association it was time for a pay rise that would multiply his earnings almost three fold, from £1.13m a year to £3.37m after bonuses, and mean he earns more than, among others, Joachim Löw, manager of the last World Cup-winning side.

Taylor was not doing too shabbily anyway, bearing in mind he was already reputed to be the highest-paid union official on the planet and the same goes for the PFA as a whole given what I hear about the organisation going upmarket and moving its London operation into new offices, costing £5.2m, at roughly the same time as the new television riches arrive later this year.

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Kick It Out brands Craig Overton’s level-one cricket ban ‘outrageous’

• Remarks ‘clearly racially offensive’, says Herman Ouseley
• Somerset player’s two-match ban far too lenient, he says

Herman Ouseley, the chairman of football’s Kick it Out campaign and a prominent opponent of racism in sport, has described the punishment handed down to Somerset’s Craig Overton as “outrageous” and questioned the message it has sent to cricket.

Overton, as revealed by the Guardian on Thursday, was heard telling Sussex’s Pakistan-born all-rounder Ashar Zaidi to “go back to your own fucking country” during a county match at Hove in September, with the cricket discipline commission going on to hand down a level one breach – the lowest in the directives.

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Kick It Out welcomes Football League’s Rooney Rule proposals

• Clubs back NFL-type initiative to increase BAME management opportunities
• ‘Chairman Greg Clarke should be credited for his leadership in this area’

Kick It Out has welcomed the Football League’s historic decision to propose a version of American football’s Rooney Rule. The chairman of the Football League, Greg Clarke, received the backing of clubs at their owners’ and executives’ conference and AGM in Portugal for the initiatives, which aim to increase employment opportunities for managers and coaches from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background – with only six such managers out of the 72 members.

Proposals include making it compulsory for clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate, where an application has been received, for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a Uefa B coaching licence, while a voluntary recruitment code, initially piloted by five to 10 clubs, should be adopted for first-team football.

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Kick It Out welcomes Football League’s Rooney Rule proposals

• Clubs back NFL-type initiative to increase BAME management opportunities
• ‘Chairman Greg Clarke should be credited for his leadership in this area’

Kick It Out has welcomed the Football League’s historic decision to propose a version of American football’s Rooney Rule. The chairman of the Football League, Greg Clarke, received the backing of clubs at their owners’ and executives’ conference and AGM in Portugal for the initiatives, which aim to increase employment opportunities for managers and coaches from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background – with only six such managers out of the 72 members.

Proposals include making it compulsory for clubs to interview at least one BAME candidate, where an application has been received, for all youth development roles requiring a minimum of a Uefa B coaching licence, while a voluntary recruitment code, initially piloted by five to 10 clubs, should be adopted for first-team football.

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England’s young female coaches look to Women’s Super League and beyond

It has traditionally been difficult for women to make progress in coaching, but the likes of Jazz Hervin are leading a welcome change
Fifa fights for more women in football

A year ago Jazz Hervin attended Kick It Out’s estimable Raise Your Game conference looking to those within football for advice on how to progress her nascent coaching career. Twelve months later, aged just 20 and now coach of the development team at the Women’s Super League side Yeovil Town Ladies, she was back to deliver a workshop to peers who had collectively racked up centuries of experience in the game. Like most things, it didn’t seem to faze her.

In years to come, Hervin plans to return as the coach of the national side and could even become one of the first female managers to break through the glass ceiling and succeed in the men’s game.

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England’s young female coaches look to Women’s Super League and beyond

It has traditionally been difficult for women to make progress in coaching, but the likes of Jazz Hervin are leading a welcome change
Fifa fights for more women in football

A year ago Jazz Hervin attended Kick It Out’s estimable Raise Your Game conference looking to those within football for advice on how to progress her nascent coaching career. Twelve months later, aged just 20 and now coach of the development team at the Women’s Super League side Yeovil Town Ladies, she was back to deliver a workshop to peers who had collectively racked up centuries of experience in the game. Like most things, it didn’t seem to faze her.

In years to come, Hervin plans to return as the coach of the national side and could even become one of the first female managers to break through the glass ceiling and succeed in the men’s game.

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Hartlepool fans warned off Bob Marley fancy-dress theme at Carlisle game

• Kick It Out urges Carlisle to refuse entry to ‘blacked up’ fans
• ‘Such behaviour may be well-intended but is likely to cause offence’ Continue reading…




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Hartlepool fans warned not to dress as Bob Marley by Kick It Out

• Fans planning fancy dress for last game of season against Carlisle
• Fan: It’s offensive to suggest we were going to black up Continue reading…




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Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers ‘shocked’ by online racist abuse of Mario Balotelli

• Italian striker subjected to more than 4,000 racist messages
• Stoke manager Mark Hughes calls for tougher sanctions
• Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse
• Online cauldron of hate to players a sad reflection of modern life

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he was “surprised and shocked” by the online racist abuse targeted at the club’s striker Mario Balotelli.

Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out revealed on Thursday night that Italy international Balotelli had been subjected to more than 4,000 racist messages on social media this season.

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Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse towards players

• Anti-discrimination organisation wants expert panel set up to tackle problem
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Social media cauldron of hate to players a sad reflection of modern life

Number of discriminatory posts makes for depressing reading. Can anything be done by football authorities, police and internet companies? Continue reading…

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Kick It Out launches campaign to tackle discrimination in grassroots football

• Three-month consultation will focus on experiences of discrimination
• Campaign will involve players, coaches, parents and referees
• FA welcomes 70% rise in reporting racist abuse

Kick It Out, the football anti-discrimination group, has launched an initiative to try and tackle abuse at grassroots level.

The campaign will see a three-month consultation exercise with players, coaches, parents and referees about their experiences of discrimination in the grassroots game, and about the reporting process for cases and how incidents are handled. It comes after Kick It Out last month announced a 35% increase in all reports of discrimination in professional football received at the midway point of the 2014-15 season.

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