Tuesday 23 October 2012
Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, has launched a major consultation with fans on how to further tackle discrimination.
The 'Tackling Discrimination' consultation marks the start of Kick It Out’s annual One Game, One Community weeks of action (18-29 October), supported by players, managers, coaches and administrators at amateur and elite level, as the charity enters its 20th anniversary. The findings of the fan consultation will help form a blueprint for tackling discrimination over the coming seasons.
The survey, hosted by Populus, and developed in partnership with key fans groups, will run during the current football season and can be accessed here. It covers a range of topics from how to improve reporting of abusive behaviour and enforcement in grounds, to combating abusive behaviour on social media.
"There is no place for any form of abuse and discrimination in football"
Fans have the chance to suggest what more could be done by clubs and football authorities to help stop all types of discrimination. Kick It Out will also engage with players during this period to canvass their opinions.
"At a time when discrimination is high up the football agenda, it is easy for fans and players to forget the great strides made over the last 20 years in helping to eradicate it," Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, said, "but there is still a long way to go.
"We are launching this important dialogue with football fans to help set out how we move forward to achieve a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination in all its forms, at all levels of the game.
"The One Game, One Community weeks of action provide a focal point for everyone connected to football, from supporters to players, to stand up against discrimination in all its forms."
Professional Footballers' Association Chairman, Clarke Carlisle, welcomed the move. "The responsible majority of fans in this country are on board with stamping out discrimination, and want more to be done," he said. "They are a powerful voice in football and this survey gives them a chance to have their say.
"We want to make sure we tackle the tiny minority for whom the healthy rivalries and passion that make the game great, tip over into unacceptable prejudice and hatred."
"The fans are a powerful voice in football and this survey gives them a chance to have their say"
Everton captain Phil Neville, said: "There is no place for any form of abuse and discrimination in football. I'm proud to support the One Game, One Community weeks of action campaign and this important consultation with fans. After all the progress made so far in tackling abuse, we cannot sit back, we must ensure that all forms of discrimination are made unacceptable."
The One Game, One Community weeks of action period is a platform for all 92 professional football clubs across England and Wales to show their support for the anti-discrimination campaign and to promote the clubs' own equality events and activities.
This important year for sport continues with football focusing on issues around discrimination and diversity throughout October.
With the fanfare and hyperbole of the season's opening exchanges complete, October sees the competitive leagues enter a relative degree of calm and with it an opportunity to reflect on how football has worked to encourage greater involvement from minority communities.
Premier League clubs will hold events and activities which involve supporters and players alike, and to embrace the inclusive and mulch-cultural nature of the English game. Fans can purchase a range of branded resources to demonstrate their support by visiting www.kickitout.org >>
Every professional football club has nominated a home fixture as its own day of action. In addition to these fixtures, events and activities will be taking place at schools, prisons, libraries, community clubs and at grass-roots level all over the country.
You can take part in the survey by clicking here >>