FA told racism must cost club points
The FA must deduct points from clubs whose fans indulge in racist behaviour, according to a report submitted by its own anti-racism taskforce.
The Guardian has obtained a copy of the report, prepared by the chair of the FA taskforce on Tackling anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, John Mann MP, and can reveal its wide-ranging recommendations.
“The FA should implement with immediate effect the Fifa rules which allow for the deduction of points where clubs have not taken sufficient action to combat racism and bigotry in their clubs and where such abuse continues,” Mann wrote.
“This has been used boldly in France and Hungary – its lack of implementation by the English FA reduces our moral authority at international levels and within the wider Fifa network, including when we demand action on abuse of our own national or club players abroad.”
There are concerns that any such measure will be blocked by the Professional Game Board, a powerful lobby whose representatives sit on the FA’s supreme decision-making main board.
So Mann also reprises important arguments raised in the long‑discarded Burns report, calling for a more “diverse representation [of] the football community” in the FA’s internal structures, which “is of vital importance at this level for credibility but also for effectiveness”.
From The Guardian