Positivity surrounding anti-discrimination summit
The shortage of managers and coaches from black and Asian communities and the lack of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) presence in the game provided the focus for today’s (22 February) anti-discrimination summit at No.10 Downing Street.
Some of the game’s key stakeholders, including players, managers, campaigners and administrators, joined prime minister David Cameron and culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss recent high-profile incidents of discrimination in football and what the game could do to address it.
Issues such as stewarding, policing, and how to stamp out abusive language in grounds were flagged up as concerns. The game’s ability to take swift decisive action when incidents of discrimination occur was also discussed.
Kick It Out’s Equality Standard and The FA’s ‘Opening Doors and Joining In’ LGBT action plan were praised, as was the power of fan activity and support in helping to combat discrimination in all its forms.
Kick It Out ambassador Paul Elliott said: “These discussions are welcomed. What we now wait for is action on the points raised over the coming months, which means a collective approach to raising visibility and awareness of LGBT groups and individuals in the game, and focus on how we nurture and provide opportunity to aspiring black and Asian coaches and managers.”