Kick It Out statement on the disbandment of FIFA’s anti-racism task force
Kick It Out has released the following statement in relation to the disbandment of FIFA’s anti-racism task force on Sunday 25 September.
Kick It Out is perplexed with the decision from FIFA to disband its anti-racism task force.
This comes at a time when there is clear evidence that discrimination, prejudice and hate are on the rise in developed societies, particularly in Europe but also in different forms across the world. Football should seek to lead the way in combating such intrusions.
It is clear that organisations that are actively campaigning against racism and discrimination will be deeply disheartened to hear news of the disbandment, as they look to FIFA for leadership in a game which is so popular across the world.
This is also ahead of FIFA hosting the 2018 World Cup in Russia, a country which is notorious for racism and abusive activities towards minorities.
FIFA state on their website: “FIFA is actively committed to fighting all kinds of discrimination within football and within society as a whole.” – With this in mind, Kick It Out is urging FIFA to set out a clear and concise strategy on how the sport can tackle discrimination and promote equality.