Mark McCammon cites ‘great advice’ from Kick It Out as Facebook abuser bailed
Mark McCammon has spoken out in praise of Kick It Out’s assistance in the arrest of the individual who sent racially threatening messages to him on Facebook, and has encouraged players to report any form of discrimination.
Both Kick It Out and its Professional Player Consultant, Leon Mann, contacted Kent Police about the threatening messages sent to Mark.
“The assistance of Leon and Kick It Out was important; the organisation supported me everyday in asking about how the case was progressing and gave me great advice, which I took on board,” said Mark.
“I have been very happy with the progress. The person has been arrested and bailed, so we will see what happens.”
In recent years there have been a number of cases where players have been racially abused on social media platforms such as Chris Samba and Marvin Sordell. Mark has urged anyone who suffers this form of abuse to report it immediately.
“They shouldn’t tolerate it, they should adopt zero tolerance and we are nowhere near zero tolerance in the game at the moment,” commented Mark.
“We need to report it immediately; we need to report it to the police and ensure justice is carried out.”
Mark felt the advice he was provided with was key in the arrest of the abuser.
He continued: “Advice was on hand. They told me how to approach Metropolitan Police, in order to take the case forward.”
Despite the arrest, Mark, a qualified sports journalist, still believes the length of time it took before any action was taken was insufficient.
“It has taken a month for my tweets to have some impact with the Metropolitan Police, to remind them we need to address racism and locate the individual,” said the 34-year-old.