Manifesto and Football

To make football a better sport for all to play and watch, The Times has raised a manifesto which ex-players, players, campaigners and several politicians have signed. The manifesto calls for changes to be made to the game. The public can now also help to make a point.

The manifesto, which was created by BAME people in the sport gives outlines of what the public can do to help tackle racism and discrimination in sport.

The more people who become involved in the manifesto, the greater the chance of making a difference. The Times will present the manifest to authorities such as Uefa and Fifa.

It is very seldom that we see sportsmen come together, put aside their own personal grievances and take a stand together. More significant is that this move comes at the end of a busy season. Considering the recent incidents there are some players, ex-players and politicians who want an end to the racism which has reared an ugly head during games recently.

What may be difficult to understand is that even with the best intentions, those in positions of power do not properly understand or represent the minority groups. There are very few black and Asian minority people in positions of power.

Undeniably players do not deserve to be hounded by racism at matches. Neither should they be targeted with racist messages on social media platforms.

For this reason, the manifesto will be sent to Uefa, Fifa and the FA along with other governing bodies. The players who need to be heard are those who are regularly treated differently because of the colour of their skin. Most players who have been targeted do not feel that enough is being done about this issue.

The manifest is seeking to ensure that people affected by racism in sports are heard properly and that action is taken against racist behaviour.

Startling figures show that reports of discrimination in football rose by 11% last season with more than 520 incidents being reported.

  • 53% of these figures were of racist origin and 10% anti-Semitism.
  • BAME coaches only filled 22 out of 482 senior coaching positions at the 92 English league club levels.
  • Black and ethnic minority players made up 33% of British players las season, with just 2 out of 20 managers form BAME backgrounds.
  • 95% of all executive positions in elite European clubs is made up of white men, with 0.5% of executive positions being filled by BAME people.

The manifesto lists the following signatures

Accrington Stanley 
Alan Pardew former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace manager
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool and England
Andy Burnham mayor of Manchester
Andy Cole formerly Man United and England
Benjamin Mendy Manchester City
Bobby Barnes deputy chief executive, PFA
Damian Collins MP chairman of digital, culture, media and sport select committee
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool and England
David Ginola formerly Tottenham and Newcastle
Eni Aluko Juventus and England
FARE anti-discrimination network
Gerry Sutcliffe former sports minister, president Sports Campaign Against Racism
Heather Rabbatts former head of FA’s independent equality panel
Herman Ouseley chairman, Kick It Out
Hugh Robertson former sports minister
Kanu formerly Arsenal
Kick It Out football’s anti-discriminatory group
Ledley King formerly Tottenham and England
Leon Mann founder Black Collective of Media in Sport, Football’s Black List, Sports People’s Think Tank
Mansfield Town 
Mark Bright formerly Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday
Michail Antonio West Ham
Michy Batshuayi Crystal Palace
Mims Davies sports minister
Northampton Town 
Paul Canoville formerly Chelsea
Peterborough United 
Piara Powar executive director, FARE
Phil Foden Man City
Rafa Benítez Newcastle United manager
Raheem Sterling Man City and England
Richard Caborn former sports minister
Rosena Allin-Khan MP shadow sports minister
Ruud Gullit former Holland international
Ryan Sessegnon Fulham
Sadiq Khan mayor of London
Sol Bamba Cardiff City
Steven Sessegnon Fulham
Tracey Crouch former sports minister
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool and England
Troy Townsend head of development, Kick It Out
Vincent Kompany Man City
Viv Anderson formerly Man United and England
Wes Morgan Leicester City
Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Yaya Touré formerly Man City and Barcelona

If you would like to help to spread the word then please pass this link (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/the-times-manifesto-in-full-changes-needed-throughout-football-to-fight-racism-gn7jhn8wp) to anyone you feel can make a difference.


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