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PFA Announce Six-Point Plan to Tackle Racism in Football: The Daily EPL

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.

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  1. Trickybrkn

    October 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Something to consider… The NFL coaches are 22% minority with the Rooney rule. Top flight NCAA has 6% minority head coaches …

    I think that speaks for itself.

    • Matthew

      October 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Unlike you I don’t believe in atoning for past sins. Yes, life isn’t fair, so what. When I was in graduate school all I heard from white liberal professors was the lack of monitories professors in colleges. I felt like saying why don’t you step down for a qualified minority and I would bet they would change their minds very quickly.
      So, by your argument the lack of minority opportunities in the past we should discriminate against white individuals. So we should flood the leagues with minority players or any job because of the past? If you were fighting for a job and you knew a qualified black candidate was in the race, would you stop aside and let him or her have the job to make up for past injustices?
      If you feel bad about the mistreatment of minorities why don’t you and your friends make your own sacrifices and spare the rest of the public of this bullshit. Next time you have want a new job let the quafiled minority have it instead then you will not feel guilty. This isn’t all about sports.
      I am in the most discriminate group in this country, a single white male under 40. I have heard and seen it happen. So spare me your moral crusade about the lack of opportunities for minorities.
      How are you going to make everyone be nice to everyone? What do you do to help the less fortunate? Do you work in the inner cities with the poor to insure they have opportunities? Do you donate time and money or are you one those individuals that wants someone else to take the fall while you set back and enjoy your own creature comforts.

  2. PaulF

    October 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Rooney rule in the NFL is not joke. It gives owners a chance to meet coaching candidate that they might have never interviewed otherwise. They hear their plan, see how they present themselves and so on.

    However The ROONEY rule is Premier League is a good idea simply because the dynamics and variables involved are different:
    1)Coaches in the NFL have extensive experience coaching: whether it’d be a position coach, coordinator, assistant and so on….
    2)Coaches can also gain experience at lower levels : Div 1 college, Junior college or even high school.
    3)By the time they become elligible for NFL positions they have extensive experience. young guys like Tomlin, Harbaugh who get hired also have tons of experience and come from a very good coach trees.
    4)there are no relegation in the NFL and there is revenue sharing. The risks in the NFL are more known.
    5) In the NFL players dont go from playing to “Head coach” right after they retire.

    And what about if a black player call a white player a “white” so and so? what then? Ferdinand endorsed the choc ice comment but he said it wasn’t racist. Do people how offending it is to call somebody a choc ice? What about the abuse Anton Ferdinand was aiming at John Terry? are we supposed to ignore that?

    • Matthew

      October 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Teams should be able to hire the coach they without regards to any type of affirmative action. Just another stupid program to make people feel better and blame others for their own short comings.

      • CTBlues

        October 24, 2012 at 10:29 pm

        I agree sir. I wonder how the Supreme Court is going to rule on that case about the University of Texas “discriminating” white applicants because they want/have to take minority applicants over white applicants.

      • Trickybrkn

        October 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

        Except , when you have a league like the NFL that had as many minority players, yet few used to become head coaches. And let’s be clear, the Rooney rule doesn’t require teams to hire anyone they don’t want… It requires they interview. Why is that important? Head Coach interviews are different the coordinator positions, the preparation for the interview alone is massive. So giving a coach that experience in a old boys network that was the NFL is invaluable in the ability to express a philosophy of coaching.
        In a perfect world it sure would be nice to not even think about such things… But that isn’t this world at the moment, not when you have reality tv stars trying to gotcha the leader of the free world with a college application that is three decades old. Not when players are taunted with monkey chants at the international level… No that perfect world is still no in our grasp, now is it.

        • Matthew

          October 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

          This will never be a perfect world, never has been and never will. People will hire and associate with whom they choose too. White American males like to make money and given the choice between good black candidates over a white one they will hire the black one in almost every case. All this crap about racism is getting so boring. Gone men who are paid millions can’t take a little name calling, yet they can take all the crap the media and couch potatoes dish out. You can’t force people to like each other no matter how much people say or do. Blacks are about 12 or 13% of the US population yet most NBA and NFL are black, hell anything else there should be more focus on having white players or other groups. At 22% in the NFL there are over representative by their overall population in the country. If anyone needs to be lecture about race and religious issues is Europe. Europe never wanted them but had to take them because of colonial passports, feeling sorry for them and later to do the jobs Europeans didn’t want to do.

          • trickybrkn

            October 26, 2012 at 7:27 am

            This comment is all over the place… But, I thought you taught history? So how do you make a statement that Europe didn’t want a multicultural society? There where great pushes in the 1970’s and 80’s by most European countries to push for a true multi-cultural societies. It is only of late that many on the right have called it a failure. And that is mostly addressing religion not race. That is reality, that is history. As for your assertion that there should be quotas for whites in the NBA and NFL, the NFL was a league that had an actual ban on black players at one point… as for the EPL, most teams didn’t have black players until the 70’s Players like Clyde Best faced constant racist chants, and on field abuse. So I just don’t buy your all over the place comment.

    • PaulF

      October 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      ***However The ROONEY rule in Premier League is NOT a good idea.

      sorry typo error.

      • Matthew

        October 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        A smart team will hire talent when they see it because in the end it is all about the money.

        • PaulF

          October 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

          pretty much. You can’t ask people to risk on unknown variable when you wouldn’t take those type of risks yourself. That’s why i dont like the Rooney rule in the PL.

  3. Matthew

    October 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    What a joke. It will never work. The government, FA or FIFA can’t force people to like one another as much as they try. People are going to like who they like and that is the bottom line. The human condition is what is. This grown who play the game need to realize as everyone else this isn’t going away and just get on with life.

  4. CTBlues

    October 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    The Rooney rule in the NFL is a joke. Teams pretty much know who they are going to hire already and they just bring in a minority coach to say they are following the rule. This was a topic of interest this summer because the Saints coach was suspended for the year and they were looking to bringing in a temp and were only thinging of Bill Parcells and people were like well wouldn’t they have to follow the Rooney rule and interview a black coach and shouldn’t be able to just hire Bill Parcells.

    • Andrei

      October 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      And what about Asian coach? Or Latino? Or minority woman?

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