Lord Ouseley and Garth Crooks: WHAT’S CHANGED?
Following a statement published by Kick It Out on Saturday 9 September, the organisation’s Chair Lord Herman Ouseley and Trustee Garth Crooks, have reflected on the challenges still facing football’s attempts to combat discrimination.
During the Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Chelsea last weekend, we were once again reminded of the issues facing football when it comes to tackling discrimination. Despite this being a ‘small minority’ of supporters, it nonetheless brings the game into disrepute.
Antisemitism, like all forms of discrimination, does not belong in football and society.
Below is a programme that Garth collected on the day Tottenham Hotspur played Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1982.
Chelsea, at the time, decided to print this programme to highlight their disapproval of a, ‘so called’ small minority, who were at the time accounted for a significant amount of supporters who acted in a discriminatory manner.
At the game on Saturday, a minority of Chelsea supporters once again resorted to discriminatory chanting 35 years after they were admonished prior to their FA Cup quarter-final against Spurs in 1982.
We should not let history repeat itself.
Kick Racism Out of Football.
Lord Herman Ouseley and Garth Crooks