The Crooks of the Matter
Kick It Out trustee and BBC Sport football analyst, Garth Crooks, said the following on the black-and-white footage during the England vs. Switzerland friendly, which took place on September 22:
“I’m still reeling from the 25-second black-and-white transmission of the England v Switzerland game to mark the 25th anniversary of anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out. The idea was a piece of marketing genius.
It was so simple yet so effective, matched only by the superb introduction to the match by Sky’s David Jones and Martin Tyler, who between them provided the perfect overview. To cram 25 years into 25 seconds takes some doing, but they did it.
I will admit, over the years I may have probably been the Football Association’s harshest critic but that has come from a desire to see the greatest FA in the world play a greater part in using football as a tool to initiate change and create a more inclusive society.
As I watched the television turn from colour to black and white I thought of Laurie Cunningham, Ray Wilkins and Cyrille Regis, three former England internationals who, had they been in that line-up, would have so approved of the tribute and recognised its significance.
How fitting then, that Marcus Rashford should score the winning goal to mark an occasion that was originally initiated to protect youngsters like him long before they were even born. Well done Kick It Out and thank you England. You make a great team.”