Prime Minister calls for increase in black managers
David Cameron has called for more black managers and coaches at the top levels of the game as part of the fight against racism in football.
The Prime Minister also urged leading players and club managers to act as role models and said that racism has “absolutely no place in our society” and would be fought at every level.
An influential Commons committee is set to call prominent figures from the sport to give evidence as part of a wider inquiry after the issue was thrust back into the spotlight over recent weeks.
Cameron said that football had an “incredible power for good” as he hosted a celebration of the work of the Street League charity at Number 10.
“Football has this incredible power for good and we need to do everything we can to harness that,” Cameron said.
“One area in particular where I know the football community as a whole has done a lot of good over the years – really setting the example – is tackling racism.
“Campaigns like Show Racism the Red Card and Let’s Kick Racism out of Football have made a real difference.
“And I know that The Football Association, Premier League and Football League – along with the PFA and many others – continue to work hard on this.
“But of course many of us will have been concerned by recent events. My message is clear: we will not tolerate racism in Britain. It has absolutely no place in our society and where it exists, we will kick it out.”
In a message to leading professionals, he said: “Our football governing bodies, clubs and footballers themselves have a vital role to play as role models in this respect.
“It’s vital too that more coaches and managers from black and minority ethnic groups make it to the top of the game and I know the Premier League among others are working hard to try and make this happen.”
From the Telegraph