The Professional Footballers’ Association has today revealed a six-point plan to tackle racism. The six points are:
- 1 Speeding up the process of dealing with reported racist abuse with close monitoring of any incidents.
- 2 Consideration of stiffer penalties for racist abuse and to include an equality awareness programme for culprits and clubs involved.
- 3 An English form of the ‘Rooney rule’ – introduced by the NFL in America in 2003 – to make sure qualified black coaches are on interview lists for job vacancies.
- 4 The proportion of black coaches and managers to be monitored and any inequality or progress highlighted.
- 5 Racial abuse to be considered gross misconduct in player and coach contracts (and therefore potentially a sackable offence).
- 6 To not to lose sight of other equality issues such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Asians in football.
It’s a good move by the PFA and will hopefully satisfy the Ferdinand brothers, Joleon Lescott, Jason Roberts and other black footballers who have been critical of the actions taken by the football authorities.
Here are the Premier League news headlines today:
- PFA announce six-point plan to tackle racism in football — The Telegraph
- Hillsborough: Norman Bettison resigns from West Yorkshire police — The Guardian
- Arsene Wenger defenders 15-minute flight from London to Norwich — Off The Post
- Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard doubtful for Manchester United clash — The Daily Mail
- Paul Scholes doesn’t rule out managing Oldham Athletic — Manchester Evening News
- Robert Kraft has no regrets over not buying Liverpool FC — Liverpool Echo
- Glazers will not sell Manchester United for ‘many, many years’ — The Independent
- Shinji Kagawa a doubt for Chelsea match after twisting knee during comeback — The Independent
- Man United eyeing £1bn Nike kit deal extension — The Daily Mail
- How Howard Kendall’s Everton turned 1982 Mersey derby humiliation into glory — Liverpool Echo
- Wenger is anxious for Arsenal to qualify quickly as his annual shareholder grilling looms — The Independent
- Fergie criticises Manchester United’s defence after Braga game – video — BBC Sport
- Mohamed Bin Hammam rages after Fifa extend his bribery ban by 45 days — The Telegraph
- Ashley Williams pens 3-year new deal with Swansea — Premier League
- David De Gea linked with switch to Real Madrid — The Independent
- Commercial strategy boosts Manchester United — Football Economy
One more thing before we go. Why can’t the Premier League be as fun as the Championship? Watch Nottingham Forest’s Billy Sharp take a bite out of a spectator’s hot dog after scoring a goal: