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Sepp Blatter claims racism won"t be solved by running away like Kevin-Price Boateng and AC Milan

Racism will not be solved by 'running away' like Boateng and Milan, claims Blatter

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Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

12:23 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:35 GMT, 10 January 2013

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged players not to leave the pitch in protest if they are subjected to racist abuse, saying 'running away' is not a long-term solution to stopping discrimination.

It follows the actions of AC Milan player Kevin-Price Boateng, who led his teammates off the field after being abused during a friendly with Italian lower league club Pro Patria last week.

Boateng was highly praised for his protest, including by Blatter, but the football chief warned that a repeat in the future would not make the problem go away.

Not a solution: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Kevin-Prince Boateng's protest (below) was not the right way to stamp racism out of the game

Not a solution: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Kevin-Prince Boateng's protest (below) was not the right way to stamp racism out of the game

Protest: Kevin-Prince Boateng leads his AC Milan teammates from the field after being subjected to racist abuse

'If you remember the Boateng problem and him running away, I made a comment on that and I still have the same feeling – it was good what he has done in order to give this impact by saying: “Listen – look at what has happened,” Blatter told Sky Sports News.

'But it can't be the solution because you can never solve any problem in your life – in your private life, in your public life, wherever – by running away.

'This is now to day “Listen, if you don't take care of our sport, we will do it.” It was a warning, but it can't be the solution.'

Protest: Boateng wears an

Protest: Boateng wears an “AC Milan against racism” t-shirt before the Serie A match with Siena last weekend

Blatter went on to make some vague promises about calling a meeting to discuss the problem of racism in the game.

He said: 'What we shall do now – and I am thinking about this – we shall make a kind of summit or discussion with all the actors concerning discrimination and racism.

'There must be a lot of solidarity and understanding that we have to eradicate it. But it can only be done if all the actors are participating, and actors are also the spectators.'

The full interview with Sepp Blatter will be shown on Sky Sports News HD Special Report at 7.30pm on Monday

A new start for racing as Clare Balding is the new face of Channel 4

Channel 4 count on Clare class to clear the first hurdle with racing coverage

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22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012

A New Year and a new era for Channel 4 racing begin on Tuesday with a whimper and without the two most recognisable names and faces in the sport.

Frankie Dettori, who as a Flat jockey would in any case be on holiday at this time of the year, is banned for six months for a drug offence while John McCririck has been swept away by a broom wielded with perhaps hasty gusto by the incoming production company.

Love him or loathe him, ‘Big Mac’ boasts a profile few in horse racing can match.

Channel hopping: Clare Balding will front the racing on Channel 4

Channel hopping: Clare Balding will front the racing on Channel 4

The whimper for the relaunch of the sole remaining terrestrial coverage was guaranteed when Cheltenham postponed their New Year’s Day meeting on Monday due to waterlogged ground. Poor Clare Balding, and there has been no other occasion to think that this annus mirabilis.

Denied a proper ‘goodbye’ from her BBC racing role by the weather last week, she will be restricted to a Channel 4 ‘hello’ from Nicky Henderson’s stables in Lambourn and not from a race meeting.

Perhaps not the greatest omen. This is more a case of going through the top of the first fence rather than hitting the ground running.

La Balding will be fine. Better than that. She will be her usual excellent self, as less prejudiced observers recognised long before her unmitigated triumph at the Olympic Games.

Large than life: John McCririck will no longer be part of the Channel 4 racing team

Large than life: John McCririck will no longer be part of the Channel 4 racing team

A real pro, she thrives on good old-fashioned hard work, journalistic rigour and unbridled enthusiasm.

A small quibble. A little less of the breathless whispering, please.

Hushed tones have never been McCririck’s style and there was never any chance of this largest of larger-than-life characters going quietly.

‘It is clearly a case of age discrimination,’ the 72-year-old told Sportsmail. ‘It is illegal what they (Channel 4) have done. But what can you do I never missed a day’s work and I don’t think I was ever late. My ability is unimpaired. I am very sad.’

McCririck remains particularly aggrieved about both the manner of his dismissal and what he regards as some implied criticism. ‘Thirty years, no consultation and I am rung 30 minutes before a press release is distributed.

Missing face: Frankie Dettori will not be on Channel 4 as he is serving a six month ban

Missing face: Frankie Dettori will not be on Channel 4 as he is serving a six month ban

‘And they talk about looking for a more journalistic approach to the context. I won two British Press Awards and I was a former Campaigning Journalist of the Year. This was a deliberate attempt to humiliate and demean me. It is very hurtful.’

McCririck may come across as something of a dinosaur but he has never been frightened to get dirty at the coal face, asking the difficult questions, confronting the controversial issues and holding to account those deserving of close scrutiny.

Part of the team: Emma Spencer will be part of the Channel 4 team

Part of the team: Emma Spencer will be part of the Channel 4 team

He formed an odd but expert betting partnership with Tanya Stevenson, who will continue in her role. The problem for new producers IMG Sports Media is that they are following a hard act in Highflyer, who in 28 years won several prestigious television awards while establishing a deserved reputation for excellence.

This was never more evident than in last Saturday’s final programme from the old regime when three times racing writer of the year Alastair Down, John Francome and McCririck, the three main casualties of change, demonstrated sheer class with the most dignified of farewells.

Down, in particular, was at his lyrical and poetic best in talking about jump racing being ‘the very stuff of life’, ‘nourishment for the soul’ and a ‘magnetic pull stronger than the very poles’ against a pictorial background of wonderful memories from a high-quality back catalogue.

‘If the devil could cast his nets (he would catch) some wonderful people involved in making these programmes behind the scenes,’ Down said.

Line up: Channel 4 have taken over all racing coverage from the BBC

Line up: Channel 4 have taken over all racing coverage from the BBC

‘Haway the lads,’ the Newcastle United-supporting McCririck concluded as Stevenson moved to embrace the whiskered one.

It is doubtful whether his encouragement was intended for the lads, and lasses, who from today represent the terrestrial custodians of the Sport of Kings.

The public will be watching and so will racing.

Anders Lindegaard says football needs a "gay hero"

Football needs a gay hero, insists Lindegaard in battle with homophobia

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14:50 GMT, 27 November 2012

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has criticised football fans for being 'stuck in a time of intolerance' and spoken about the need for a 'gay hero' in the game.

Lindegaard, a Danish international who has played seven games for United this season, wrote in his blog: 'As a footballer I think first and foremost that a homosexual colleague is afraid of the reception he could get from the fans.

'My impression is that the players would not have a problem accepting a homosexual.

Speaking out: Anders Lindegaard says fans are 'stuck in a time of intolerance'

Speaking out: Anders Lindegaard says fans are 'stuck in a time of intolerance'

'Homosexuality in football is a taboo subject. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough. The mechanisms are primitive, and it is often expressed through a classic stereotype that a real man should be brave, strong and aggressive. And it is not the image that a football fan associates with a gay person.

'The problem for me is that a lot of football fans are stuck in a time of intolerance that does not deserve to be compared with modern society's development in the last decades.

'While the rest of the world has been more liberal, civilised and less prejudiced, the world of football remains stuck in the past when it comes to tolerance.'

The United keeper reveals he discussed whether he should write and publish the blog with his girlfriend Misse Beqiri before deciding to do so.

'To turn a blind eye only indicates that one is not recognising that there is a problem. Of course there is a problem if young homosexuals, who love football, have to quit the sport because they feel excluded.

'That is in every way an unpleasant trend that does not belong in a modern and liberal society. Any discrimination towards people is and should be totally unacceptable, whether it is about skin colour, religion, sexuality etc.

Time for a change: Lindegaard reckons football needs a 'gay hero'

Time for a change: Lindegaard reckons football needs a 'gay hero'

'Homosexuals are in need of a hero. They are in need of someone who dares to stand up for their sexuality.'

Since Justin Fashanu in 1990, no top-flight footballer has come out in the 22 years since.

Anton Hysen, son of former Liverpool defender Glenn, who plays in Sweden's fourth division, came out last year.

Tottenham to meet police and Kick It Out over Yid row

Tottenham to meet police and Kick It Out in bid to resolve 'Yid' chant row

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 15 November 2012

Tottenham have announced they will meet with Kick It Out and the police next week to discuss the issue of anti-Semitism.

The Society of Black Lawyers (SBL) have criticised Tottenham for what they see as a lack of action against home fans using the words 'Yid' or 'Yiddo' in chants at White Hart Lane.

The SBL say the songs are anti-Semitic, but Tottenham, who have a strong Jewish following, insist their fans have used the controversial terms 'as a defence mechanism in order to own the term and thereby deflect anti-Semitic abuse'.

A 'Yid Army' Spurs flag

Tottenham Hotspur fans celebrate in the stands

Tradition: Tottenham fans have been in the spotlight over their 'Yid' chants

The SBL say they will make a complaint to the police if the chanting does not stop by November 20.

Tottenham have now issued a statement which said they would meet with the police and anti-racism group Kick It Out to discuss the matter of anti-Semitism.

The statement read: 'As part of our desire for a wider debate and action on how to collectively eradicate anti-Semitism from our footballing community, the club has arranged to meet with Kick It Out and the Metropolitan Police next week in order to discuss measures to be taken both inside and outside stadia.'

Tottenham have encouraged their fans to partake in a Kick It Out survey concerning everything to do with the debate around discrimination in football.

'A key component for this debate is for us to understand the views of the fans in relation to discrimination in sport,' the club statement continued.

Preparing: Tottenham train ahead of the north London derby with Arsenal

Preparing: Tottenham train ahead of the north London derby with Arsenal

'We are therefore delighted to support Kick It Out as they ask supporters to have their say in the biggest-ever fans' consultation on tackling discrimination in football.

'The survey covers a range of topics from how to improve reporting of abusive behaviour and stewarding in stadiums, to combating abusive behaviour on social media. The findings will be used to form a blueprint for football authorities in tackling discrimination in the game.

'At a time when discrimination is high on the football agenda, it is easy for fans and players to forget the great strides made over the last 20 years. But, there is still a long way to go.

Critic: Peter Herbert

Critic: Peter Herbert

'Kick It Out believes this important dialogue with football fans will help set out how to move forward in order to achieve a zero tolerance approach to discrimination in all its forms, and at all levels of the game.'

The issue of racism in football has been a hot topic in the last 12 months.
Last season Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches after racially abusing Patrice Evra and this year John Terry received a four-match ban for his part in an incident involving Anton Ferdinand, although a criminal court cleared the Chelsea captain of a similar charge and the Football Association said they did not think the defender was a racist. Terry always protested his innocence.

England's Under 21 players were subjected to monkey chanting when they played in Serbia, and Lazio were fined for a similar offence when their fans targeted Tottenham's players with offensive chanting during a Europa League match in September.

Robin van Persie snubbed Manchester City to join United – Arsene Wenger

Van Persie snubbed 300k-a-week at City to join United, says Wenger ahead of reunion

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09:43 GMT, 2 November 2012

Robin van Persie rejected an offer – thought to be worth ay eyewatering 300,000-a-week – to join Manchester City before opting to join rivals Manchester United, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The Dutchman is set to face his former employers for the first time this weekend since moving to Old Trafford in a 24million move in the summer.

Van Persie has continued the form that saw him strike 37 times for the Gunners last season by scoring nine goals in 12 appearances for United.

Rocking Robin: Van Persie has already scored nine goals for Manchester United

Rocking Robin: Van Persie has already scored nine goals for Manchester United

But those goals could have been scored in the blue of the Premier League champions rather than United's red, although Wenger would not reveal the reasons why the striker snubbed City.

It is unlikely to be for financial reasons, given the whopping wages City were prepared to pay. The Barclays Premier League champions offered 300,000 per week to move to the Etihad Stadium, according to The Independent.

Van Persie is unlikely to be earning quite as much as Old Trafford, although that is the figure that Wayne Rooney is rumoured to be paid by the club – although United have denied this.

'It is true Manchester City [were] interested in him and he has chosen to go to United,' said Wenger, quoted in the Independent.

'He could come out more on the reasons but I didn't want to know more about that.

'Does it hurt more than he left for another English club That is not exactly what I wished!

'I hope the reception for him is a respectful one because he has played for us for eight years, he has done very well for us. You want him to be respected.

Remember me Arsene Wenger's (left) Arsenal will face his former striker on Saturday for the first time since he joined United for 24m in the summer

Remember me Arsene Wenger's (left) Arsenal will face his former striker on Saturday for the first time since he joined United for 24m in the summer

'We campaign against discrimination. It
was still the case last week so why should it not be the case this week
I don't know, I think he will get the reception I hope for.

'Am I surprised he has done so well at Manchester United No, not really. In Manchester you have good players around him, and Robin is very intelligent around the box.

'You would think that one of the parts of my job is to have a positive influence on people as a player. When you do that you are always satisfied. I think my influence was not too bad.'

United veteran Ryan Giggs has hailed the impact of Van Persie since joining the club.

Giggs said: 'When a ready-made, world-class player comes into the team it gives everybody a lift.

'We're like the supporters – we look forward to playing with and seeing quality players come into the team.

'Robin is certainly that. He's proven that with his goals and all-round play since he's come to the club.'

Sorry, Roberto: Manchester City boss Mancini (centre) missed out on RVP

Sorry, Roberto: Manchester City boss Mancini (centre) missed out on RVP

Giggs, who is now in his 22nd season with United, also points out that Van Persie has brought more to United than goals.

The 38-year-old added: 'Robin's set-piece delivery has been really important to us.

'It's a big plus this season that we're scoring from set-pieces and corners.

'That's something we haven't done over the last few years as often as we'd have liked.

'So with Robin it's not just goals you get. He's helped add more goals to the scoresheet and helped a few different names get on there.'

Giggs remains a key player at United although his role is now more limited. His start in Wednesday's Capital One Cup defeat at Chelsea, in which he scored twice, was his first in over a month.

He has enjoyed some fine encounters with Arsenal over the years, not least when United thrashed the Gunners 8-2 on their last visit to Old Trafford in August last year.

The Welshman is certainly not expecting a repeat of that scoreline in this season's corresponding fixture on Saturday.

He said: 'No, I think that was one of those fluke performances.

'We always expect a tough performance against Arsenal, both home and away. It's no different this time.

'They got off to a really good start. They've stuttered a little in recent weeks but they have plenty of quality.'

Roberto Di Matteo: Chelsea would back rule on sacking players guilty of racist abuse

Chelsea back rule to sack players guilty of racist abuse, insists Di Matteo despite leniency club showed to Terry

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UPDATED:

14:38 GMT, 26 October 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has vowed Chelsea would adhere to any rule change that would see players sacked for racist abuse, despite their refusal to kick John Terry out of the club.

Blues boss Di Matteo was coy about whether he fully endorsed the Professional Footballers' Association's six-point plan to combat racism, which has been drawn up in the wake of the Terry scandal.

But the Italian insisted Chelsea would follow it to the letter if it had the backing of the majority of clubs.

Giving orders: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo (centre) takes training at Cobham on Friday

Giving orders: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo (centre) takes training at Cobham on Friday

He said: 'It's a difficult one. If the majority believe that we need a law like that then, as I said, we will obey it and support it.'

He added: 'If it will become a rule, we will play by the rules, as we have always done.

'As a club, we are against any kind of discrimination and, if it does go through then we will support it.'

Chelsea came under heavy fire for
merely fining Terry after he was found guilty by the Football
Association of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand just over a year ago.

The
various punishments meted out to the Blues captain prompted a backlash
among some black players towards both the club and the anti-racism
movement.

'Everybody has an opinion and we must respect that,' Di Matteo added. 'We behave the way we think is right for our club and that's how we're going to go forward.'

Some
players took direct action by refusing to wear T-shirts endorsing the
'Kick It Out' campaign during last week's fixtures, including Anton and
Rio Ferdinand.

It is the
turn of Chelsea's squad to sport them during the warm-up before Sunday's
Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United.

Di Matteo said: 'We are supporting the Kick It Out campaign.

Gesture: John Terry (centre) wore a 'Unite Against Racism' armband in Donestsk this week

Gesture: John Terry (centre) wore a 'Unite Against Racism' armband in Donestsk this week

'It's going to be an individual choice for our players. We're not going to force anybody to, or not to, wear it. But my personal opinion is that we should wear it and we should raise awareness about it and show the support for it.'

The last few days have heralded the first signs of peace breaking out between the Ferdinand brothers and Chelsea pair Terry and Ashley Cole.

Cole, who gave evidence in support of Terry at his criminal trial, was branded a 'choc ice' by United's Ferdinand in the wake of the not guilty verdict in those proceedings. There were fears the pair would not shake hands before Sunday's game but both appear prepared to do so.

Di Matteo said: 'I've always said that from our point of view, we'll play our part. I don't foresee any problems in that sense. I hope that all the players will shake hands.'

There have also been suggestions Ferdinand was prepared to offer his hand to former England defensive partner Terry at Stamford Bridge, even though the latter is still serving his racism ban.

Time to shake hands: Ashley Cole, pictured in training on Friday, is ready to end his feud with the Ferdinands

Time to shake hands: Ashley Cole, pictured in training on Friday, is ready to end his feud with the Ferdinands

Confirming Terry would be at the game, Di Matteo said he would endorse such a gesture, saying: 'I'm always for that, yes.'

However, that may not prevent Chelsea fans abusing Ferdinand, as they did during last season's 3-3 draw with United, which took place during the height of the feud between him and Terry.

Di Matteo said: 'Our fans have been very good, generally, very supportive of our team and respectful. I cannot comment on how every individual supporter in the stadium will react. But I'm sure they'll support our team and push them to a win.'

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson earlier welcomed this week's public declaration of peace from the Ferdinand family but acknowledged the racism issue would not disappear just because of a handshake on Sunday.

'Rio and Anton did the right thing,' he said. 'But the race issue is bubbling along. It's not just completely gone away. The awareness is getting stronger and the PFA are doing their best to support it.

Backing: Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured at Carrington on Friday, has welcomed Rio's calling of a truce with Terry

Backing: Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured at Carrington on Friday, has welcomed Rio's calling of a truce with Terry

'But the FA, UEFA and FIFA have got to do more. That is without question.

'As far as the actual game itself, I think we just need to carry on and concentrate on the football side.'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers backed the PFA's proposal, and in particular the drive to increase the number of coaches and managers from ethnic minorities in the English game.

'Anything that promotes fair play in terms of jobs and work is very important,' he said.

'There is an awful lot of great work that has gone on in this country over the last 20-odd years and it has moved on a hell of a lot. But you can't become complacent with it and it is certainly something where we must keep ensuring that the standards are correct. For people to get work and jobs, it is the best candidate who should get it – no matter what religion, race or creed you are, you shouldn't be discriminated against.'

Asked if all his players would wear T-shirts supporting Kick It Out this weekend, Rodgers added: 'Yes. We obviously had our game with that (at home against Reading last weekend), and now it is Everton's game this weekend. But we will support that.'

Rio Ferdinand and Anton Ferdinand call truce with John Terry and Ashley Cole

Shake on it! Ferdinands call truce with Cole and Terry, saying: 'It's time for us all to move on'

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07:07 GMT, 25 October 2012

Rio and Anton Ferdinand have called a truce in their fight over racism — and they will even shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole.

In a statement, the Ferdinand family expressed their disappointment with the actions of the Football Association and the Professional Footballers’ Association during the last year.

Brothers in arms: Anton (left) and Rio Ferdinand have called for a truce

Brothers in arms: Anton (left) and Rio Ferdinand have called for a truce

But hours after PFA chief executive
Gordon Taylor responded to the threat of a breakaway black players’
union by announcing a new six-point action plan to combat racial
discrimination in the game, the Ferdinands agreed to call a halt to the
internal fighting and open discussions with the relevant bodies.

That, Sportsmail understands,
includes drawing a line under their public disputes with Terry and Cole
against the backdrop of the Terry racism controversy.

Snub: Anton Ferdinand declines to shake John Terry's hand last month

Snub: Anton Ferdinand declines to shake John Terry's hand last month

Only last month Anton Ferdinand
refused to acknowledge both Terry and Cole at Loftus Road and his older
brother was considering snubbing Cole when Manchester United meet
Chelsea on Sunday.

However, Rio will now shake the hands of Cole and Terry at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League match on Sunday.

Breakaway: Rio had considered creating a black players' union

Breakaway: Rio had considered creating a black players' union

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck issued a
public apology to the Ferdinands once Terry had decided not to appeal
against his FA ban and fine for abusing Anton Ferdinand, and Taylor’s
actions convinced them it was time to move on for ‘the betterment of the
game’.

In a statement, the Ferdinands said:
‘It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road (between Terry and
Anton Ferdinand). In that time, some of the deep divisions that exist
in football have been exposed.

Snub: Anton was among several players who did not wear anti-racism t-shirts

Snub: Anton was among several players who did not wear anti-racism t-shirts

'During the coming months there will be
ongoing discussions, we are sure, on finding a way forward. We intend to
participate in these discussions with other current and
ex-professionals of all races, from the grass roots upwards.’

Last weekend, both Ferdinands joined a
number of black players in refusing to wear T-shirts supporting the
FA-sponsored Kick It Out campaign.

Snub: Rio Ferdinand declined to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt at Old Trafford

Snub: Rio Ferdinand declined to wear the Kick It Out T-shirt at Old Trafford

The statement said: ‘On the issue of
Kick It Out, we would like to go on record to say what fantastic work
they have done in the past regarding education and awareness. However,
times change and organisations need to change with them.

‘Although we have been left
disappointed by the PFA and the FA’s actions over the last year, as a
family we are committed to working with football’s existing
organisations towards the betterment of the game and to achieve
immediate action.’

Happier times (from left): Rio Ferdinand, Cole and Terry on England duty

Happier times (from left): Rio Ferdinand, Cole and Terry on England duty

Taylor welcomed the statement. ‘We’ll
be very happy to involve them in the process of talks,’ he said.

But
sources said a federation of black players remains a
possibility.

Alex Ferguson says Jason Roberts is wrong over Kick It Out campaign as Rio Ferdinand wears t-shirt

Shut it! Fergie blasts Roberts for urging black players to boycott Kick It Out as Rio agrees to pull on campaign t-shirt

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11:17 GMT, 19 October 2012

Rio Ferdinand and his Manchester United team-mates will wear Kick It Out shirts ahead of Saturday's game against Stoke – as Sir Alex Ferguson stuck the boot into Jason Roberts over leading a boycott of the campaign.

The United players will take a stand in the week Chelsea's John Terry accepted his four-match ban and 220,00 fine for using racist language in an incident with Ferdinand's brother Anton during a match last year.

Reading striker Roberts believes Terry's punishment was too lenient and urged his fellow professionals not to wear the tops, claiming the anti-discrimination body had failed.

Kick It Out: Rio Ferdinand will wear a t-shirt after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed United would back the campaign

Kick It Out: Rio Ferdinand will wear a t-shirt after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed United would back the campaign

But United manager Ferguson condemned the Royals forward, saying: 'I have to disagree with Jason Roberts. I think he is making the wrong point.

'Everyone should be united, with all the players in the country wearing the Kick It Out warm-up tops.

'I don't know what point he is trying to make. I don't know if he is trying to put himself on a different pedestal from everyone. But he really should be supporting all the rest of the players who are doing it.

'When you do something, and everyone believes in it, you should all do it together. There shouldn't be a lone sheep wandering off. I think he is making the wrong message.

All in: Ferdinand (right) and his team-mates will wear Kick It Out tops before facing Stoke at Old Trafford

All in: Ferdinand (right) and his team-mates will wear Kick It Out tops before facing Stoke at Old Trafford

'All the players are wearing it. I have only heard that Jason Roberts is different – but he is very different. He plays a game and is in the studio 20 minutes after it. That is a great privilege.'

Roberts does not feel Kick It Out have been strident enough in their response to the Terry and Luis Suarez racial abuse incidents.

He told BBC Sport: 'I find it hard to wear a T-shirt after what has happened in the last year. I won't wear one.

Rejection: Jason Roberts (right) has urged his fellow professionals not to wear the Kick It Out t-shirts

Rejection: Jason Roberts (right) has urged his fellow professionals not to wear the Kick It Out t-shirts

'I'm totally committed to kicking racism out of football but when there's a movement I feel represents the issue in the way that speaks for me and my colleagues, then I will happily support it.

'I think people feel let down by what used to be called “Let's Kick Racism Out of Football”. People don't feel like they have been strong enough.'

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels the fight against all forms of racism is 'never won'.

'Against stupidity the best way is information, knowledge of things and examples of behaviour, of attitudes,' said Wenger.

'That is much more efficient than punishment, but you have to do both because some behaviours cannot be tolerated.

'It is not only racism, black and white, it is against all kinds of insults we still have in the stadiums. We must fight more against it.

'You look at some faces when you walk around the pitch, what they shout at you is scary. That is, for me, racism. You are insulted because you are not in their clan. That is a kind of discrimination.

Support: West Ham players backed the Kick It Out campaign this week

Support: West Ham players backed the Kick It Out campaign this week

'There is still a lot to do, but I
think it's good that society fights against it. I am thinking that it is
getting better, but it is never won.'

'I feel that (black players) are the
main targets and if they do not join in it makes the whole thing not
efficient and not credible. We need all to fight together against that,'
he said. 'They have faced the most abuse, so I think it is important
they are on board.

'If they feel the punishments are not
hard enough they have to express that in a different way, but I think
that it would be sad if they do not join in.'

It has been suggested other players
will follow Roberts' lead but Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists
his players will support the anti-racism campaign.

Lambert claimed reports that the
black players at Villa would not back the campaign because of the lack
of action by the governing bodies against racism were inaccurate.

When
asked if his players would wear Kick It Out shirts, Lambert said:
'Absolutely, yes. I don't see any issue with that at all. The lads will
go and do it.

'Contrary to
some reports saying they weren't going to do it, that is totally
misinformed and I'm not happy with that. But the lads won't have a
problem with it.

'Is that a definite As far as I'm concerned, the lads will back it, and quite rightly so.'

Lambert has urged FIFA and UEFA to take action against anyone guilty of racism.

Sickening: Danny Rose was subjected to racist abuse during England Under 21s' clash with Serbia this week

Sickening: Danny Rose was subjected to racist abuse during England Under 21s' clash with Serbia this week

Disgusting: Ugly scenes marred England Under 21s' victory in Serbia as black players were abused

Disgusting: Ugly scenes marred England Under 21s' victory in Serbia as black players were abused

He said: 'There is no place for racism, none whatsoever in any walk of life. It's disgusting really that it keeps going on. You keep hearing the same argument that FIFA and UEFA need to do something.

'You've got to do something now. There is no point in talking about it.'

Lambert added: 'I've heard the argument that players should not be put through it.

'I've heard that argument and it is a real valid point that you should bring your players off (during a game).

'It can affect individuals. It is wrong and disgusting really.'

Punished: John Terry was fined and banned for using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand last year

Punished: John Terry was fined and banned for using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand last year

Football"s authorities told to do more to tackle racism in English game

MPs tell Football's authorities they need to do more to tackle racism in English game

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 19 September 2012

FA chairman David Bernstein is facing demands for greater transparency in the game after MPs hit out at the disparity in the number of black and ethnic groups represented in football.

In a wide-ranging report into racism published by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport published on Wednesday morning, MPs demanded a transparent recruitment process across all levels of the game.

No love lost: Anton Ferdinand avoided shaking hands with John Terry after accusations of racism in the game last season

No love lost: Anton Ferdinand avoided shaking hands with John Terry after accusations of racism in the game last season

The report has been published just
days before Chelsea skipper John Terry faces an independent panel after
he was charged by the FA of using racially abusive language towards
Anton Ferdinand last October.

He was found not guilty by
Westminster Magistrates Court, but faces another fight to clear his name
next week after being charged by FA chiefs.

The committee also claimed that
football has provided a platform for extremist and racist groups to air
their views to a wider public audience.

Among the conclusions in the 27 page report, the committee believes homophobia is now a bigger threat to the game than racism.

Not enough: Norwich boss Chris Hughton is one of very few black manager in the English game

Not enough: Norwich boss Chris Hughton is one of very few black manager in the English game

The FA were also criticised for being
'over bureaucratic, slow and lacking in the ability to think and act
radically' by the anti-semitism committee at the House of Commons.

They also added that it 'was also
concerned that the FA acted as “police, judge and executioner” in
dealing with discrimination.'

The CMS report, chaired by John
Whittingdale, called Paul Elliott, PFA chairman Gordon Taylor, chairman
of the Kick it Out campaign Lord Ouseley and Bernstein to give evidence.

According to the report's
recommendations to Bernstein: 'We believe that all appointments should
be based on merit alone irrespective of the candidates' race.

Flashpoint: Patrice Evra accused Liverpool's Luis Suarez of racist abuse last season

Flashpoint: Patrice Evra accused Liverpool's Luis Suarez of racist abuse last season

'We believe that the best and most
equitable way to introduce greater diversity among football managers and
on boards is to encourage transparency and consistency of recruitment
processes across all clubs and football authorities.

'The FA Board should work with County
FAs and clubs to develop best practice for transparent recruitment
processes and ensure their consistent application.'

Chris Hughton is the only black
Barclays Premier League manager and the Football League representation
includes Chris Powell (Charlton) and Keith Curle (Notts County).

The CMS report also instructed the FA
to carry out a high-profile campaign to highlight the damaging effect of
homophobic language and behaviour.

The FA responded to the report by releasing a statement in which it backed the stance of the MPs.

The statement, posted on the FA website, read: 'We welcome the report from the CMS Select Committee into Racism in Football.

'We agree with the Committee that whilst substantial progress has been made to promote equality and tackle discrimination in the game, challenges remain for all of the football authorities.

'We remain committed, along with all of our stakeholders, to promoting equality and diversity within the game and to the eradication of all forms of discrimination in football.

'We will continue to work across the entire breadth of the sport to deliver our inclusion and anti-discrimination agenda. In doing so, we will consider in detail how the Committee's recommendations can support and influence this work.'

WHAT THE REPORT SAYS

The report says the Football
Association must take the lead and set a strong example for others to
follow. The report recommends:

The
FA should make it a priority for stewards and club staff to be trained
to deal with abuse at club grounds, and to use social media to condemn
discrimination.Prosecutions
in cases of racial abuse at league and club level are 'extremely
welcome' but similar efforts should be applied to the grassroots game.More candidates from ethnic minorities should be trained as coaches and referees.Recruitment of managers and directors should be transparent and consistent to encourage greater ethnic diversity.

London 2012 Olympics: Russell Mark takes aim over "gay" discrimination

Aussie Olympic shooter takes aim over 'gay' discrimination after he is refused room with his wife in Games village

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10:49 GMT, 16 July 2012

Shooter Russell Mark has let rip at Australian Olympic chiefs after being told he cannot share a room with his wife Lauryn at the Games.

Mark is fuming that gay couples will be allowed to room together while he will be split up from fellow shooter Lauryn.

The decision, Mark believes, has been made because Olympic officials have been angered by his pro-sleeping pill stance and a photoshoot Lauryn has done with lads' magazine Zoo.

Controversial: Lauryn Mark's photoshoot has ruffled a few feathers

Controversial: Lauryn Mark's photoshoot has ruffled a few feathers

Mark said: 'The stupid part of this, which I have argued to them, is that there are tons of gay couples on the Olympic team who will be rooming together so we are being discriminated against because we are heterosexual.

'Every couple, whether they are married or de facto should have the AOC trying to bend over backwards to accommodate their needs.

'They are p***** with my stance on sleeping tablets and what pissed them more than anything else is the photo shoot.

'It's just too hard for them. What I am asking them isn't too hard but its obvious the AOC have a problem with it.'

Taking aim: Russell Mark is angry with Aussie Olympic officials

Taking aim: Russell Mark is angry with Aussie Olympic officials

Lauryn's photoshoot comes out today (Monday) with the proceeds going to the Royal Children's Hospital.

She said: 'Basically they said if we want to room together we need to check out of the village and go into a hotel at our own expense. It's not feasible.

'I am very frustrated because in sport there are a lot of same sex couples and its OK to be partners with someone of the same sex but if you are heterosexual you are penalised.

'I guess we need to come to terms with it and try to figure out how to deal with it.
'It is disappointing when you get an email from Nick Green (Aussie chef de mission) and there is no avenue of appeal or way to get it changed.'

Russell dismissed reports he would be pulling out of the Games.

He said: 'If anything this will motivate me to shoot better than I ever have. It has been a huge distraction, the last couple of days have not been an ideal way to prepare for getting on a plane.

'I knew the Zoo shoot might be a problem but now I know what a big problem it was.'