Lord Ouseley calls for clarification over Russian minister's remarks
Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, has urged Russia’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko to clarify comments he made relating to racist abuse at a Newcastle United fixture he attended three years ago.
“Our work with all 92 professional clubs gives us a unique vantage point in relation to racist incidents.
“Fans and officials use our reporting function, either by phone or online, to inform us of abuse or intimidation which they see or hear, which we then share with the relevant authorities and individuals.
“We are continually striving to capture information that will allow us to make stadia more inclusive and discrimination free zones.
“Therefore, we would welcome any further information on this particular matter in order for us to investigate and, if appropriate, take action.”
Mutko’s comments came in response to questions about fan racism in Russia in the wake of the seemingly racist banner unfurled by Lokomotiv Moscow fans.
He responded: “With fans that issue (racism) is always very complicated. About three years ago I went to England and Newcastle, and attended a match as just another fan.
“I had a fantastic impression. In terms of morality if you take a pencil you can write down some of the things you find there.”