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Brendan Rodgers will not discuss Zenit St Petersburg fans

Rodgers refuses to be drawn on hellish trip to Zenit for Liverpool's black players

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 20 December 2012

Liverpool have been handed the Europa League trip from hell after being paired with Zenit St Petersburg in the round of 32.

A group of Zenit supporters sparked outrage this week when they published a manifesto calling for 'all non-European' and 'sexual minorities' to be 'barred from playing for the club'; Zenit remain the only Russian club never to have signed an African player.

The manifesto, which Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti quickly distanced himself from, also has a sinister sentence that declares that 'black players are being imposed on Zenit almost by force'. it prompted former Blackburn defender Christopher Samba to label Zenit fans 'racist'.

Steering clear: Brendan Rodgers had nothing to say about the manifesto produced by Zenit's fans

Steering clear: Brendan Rodgers had nothing to say about the manifesto produced by Zenit's fans

It promises to be an uncomfortable trip for Liverpool, who could travel with as many as five high-profile black players in their squad – Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom could yet be joined by January targets Tom Ince and Daniel Sturridge.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers refused to discuss in detail the prospect of what might happen on the trip next February.

He said: ‘It is a good draw for us. We have had experience of playing in Russia (this season against Anzhi Makhachkala). I think it was important that we go there as group winners as it means we play the second leg at home. They are a good side and they have invested a lot of money in their team.’

When pressed about the publication of the manifesto, Rodgers replied: ‘I haven’ t given it any thought at this stage. I’ve got my own personal view but that’s for nearer the time. I’ve seen that come out but I’ve got nothing to say on it.’

Liverpool have only had two incidents of their players being racially abused in recent years. Emile Heskey was targeted in Kiev in 2002, while Djibril Cisse was abused three years later in Sofia during a Champions League qualifier.

When Gerard Houllier took Liverpool to face Spartak Moscow in October 2002, he said he would take his players off the pitch during the game if they were subjected to racist chanting but it passed without incident.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has challenged Raheem Sterling to show he will be worthy of another contract in five years’ time, as the England winger prepares to rubberstamp his protracted first major deal.

It is expected Liverpool will formally
announce Sterling has committed his future to the club in the next 24
hours. His representatives shook hands on a deal on Wednesday that will
see him earn around 30,000 per week for the next five years.

In action: Luis Suarez trains ahead of Liverpool's clash with Fulham

In action: Luis Suarez trains ahead of Liverpool's clash with Fulham

The most racist club in football

Zenit St Petersburg’s fans have one of the worst reputations for racism in world football. Here are some of the reasons why…

MARCH 2008
Olympique Marseille players complain of being racially abused after facing Zenit in a UEFA Cup tie. Before the final in Manchester, manager Dick Advocaat says: ‘I would be happy to sign anyone, but the fans don’t like black players.’

APRIL 2011
Zenit are fined $10,000 after one of their supporters offers Brazilian full back Roberto Carlos a banana before a Russian Premier League match against Anzhi Makhachkala.

DECEMBER 2012
Zenit fan club Landscrona writes in an open letter: ‘We’re not racists but we see the absence of black players at Zenit as an important tradition.’

Though Rodgers is thrilled that the business has reached a successful conclusion, he has made it clear that he will not tolerate Sterling sitting back and thinking he has done enough; Rodgers has pointed out that Sterling is not yet at senior level.

‘He hasn't joined those ranks, don't worry about that,’ said Rodgers. ‘He has been rewarded as a young player who, at 17 years of age, has come in and performed very well. He will never be elevated above his position here at the club.

‘There is a lot of development and a lot of nurturing to go yet, but he has been rightly rewarded and it is fantastic for the football club. If you play for a big club there is always going to be expectation. For young Raheem we need to help manage those expectations.

If you go into a lot of clubs as a young
player it is a nice little journey. If you go in at one of the biggest
clubs in the world it is magnified one million per cent. It is our job
to nurture him and educate him and there is still so much for him to
learn. He hasn't long left school.’

New deal: Youngster Raheem Sterling has agreed terms with the club

New deal: Youngster Raheem Sterling has agreed terms with the club

Rodgers added: ‘It is not only football education he needs but life education as well. We will support him in that and make sure the expectancy is at the correct level. I always congratulate players when they sign a new contract and then I warn them.

‘I tell them they need to decide after this contract whether there is going to be another contract at one of the biggest clubs in the world or whether it will be at a different level.’

Liverpool remain confident of completing a deal for Ince despite Blackpool saying they have rejected an offer from Anfield for the England Under-21 international.

Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott ready to lead race fight

Former Chelsea defender Elliott ready to lead race fight

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 20 December 2012

Paul Elliott, an FA ambassador and former Chelsea and Charlton
defender, is in line to head the team that will lead English football's
attempt to stamp out racism.

The formation of the inclusion advisory board that will deliver the
anti-discrimination action plan, revealed by Sportsmail, was the number
one commitment announced by the FA yesterday.

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

Top man: Highly-respected Paul Elliott

And the highly respected Elliott, one of the few to emerge with credit from England's doomed 2018 World Cup bid, is known to be the preferred choice of Kick it Out leader Lord Ouseley to head this crucial committee which will also work with the FA board on annual progress reports.

Lord Ouseley will be stepping down from the chair of the FA's racial equality advisory group, and the seat on the FA council that goes with the position, in protest at English football's ruling body's 'mealy-mouthed' response to the John Terry and Luis Suarez racism cases. Ouseley sees Elliott, who was on the final shortlist to be one of the independent directors on the FA board, as his obvious replacement on the FA council as head of the inclusion advisory board that will replace the racial equality group.

The FA's multi-point plan, announced yesterday, was revealed by Sportsmail a week ago. The 109 commitments to fight all forms of discrimination are the result of work by all the football bodies since Prime Minister David Cameron's anti-racism football summit last February.

They include cultural lessons for players and managers new to English football, at least 10 per cent of referees and level one coaches to come from ethnic minorities and clubs to face sanctions for failing to deal with racism by players, coaches or their fans.

There are no fixed penalties for racism offences by players mentioned in the proposals but FA chairman David Bernstein said that the issue was 'under active discussion'. A five-game ban has been mooted.

And both player and manager unions have given their support to the idea of mandatory clauses in contracts for players to face action for racist language or behaviour.

Bernstein, who will have this anti-racism action plan as his legacy before his term of office ends next July, said: 'This is a commitment to ensure the game is inclusive and free of discrimination. This continues to be a top priority.'

Bernstein added: 'No player should fear coming out as gay at the risk of suffering discrimination and we continue to strengthen our support programmes to ensure the game is open to all.'

FA"s 92-point action plan to rid football of racism with quotas for referees and coaches

SPORTSMAIL EXCLUSIVE: We'll kick out the bigots… FA's 92-point action plan to rid football of the scourge of racism
The Football Association will introduce ethnic quotas for referees and coaches early in the new year
The latest video technology, including spy cameras, will be used to catch racist fansTough crackdown on offending clubsMoves to increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people

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23:42 GMT, 12 December 2012

English football will introduce quotas for referees and coaches as part of an unprecedented campaign to tackle racism.

The plan will be adopted early in the new year and include the demand that at least 10 per cent of entry level officials and coaches throughout the game are from ethnic minorities.

There will also be moves to increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in all forms of football, while Asian role models will be sought to encourage Asian children to play the game.

Confidential hotlines will be set up for players to report any form of bullying and discrimination, and fans will be able to text, email or maybe even tweet their complaints about any form of racism.

Race disgrace: John Terry (covering mouth) was banned for abusing Anton Ferdinand

Race disgrace: John Terry (covering mouth) was banned for abusing Anton Ferdinand

In addition, the latest video and audio technology will be used to identify supporters guilty of racist gestures or chanting at matches.

The far-reaching plan comes after a period in which football has been scarred by the racist behaviour of John Terry and Luis Suarez, and by the false accusation of racial abuse levelled at referee Mark Clattenburg.

PFA back ban call

The Professional Footballers’ Association will support the FA proposal of a minimum five-game ban for racist abuse.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: ‘We want to illustrate the seriousness of our approach to this issue.’

The extent of the fight against racism can be revealed by Sportsmail, who have seen the FA’s 92-point Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan.

FA chairman David Bernstein has also given his personal guarantee in a letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, copied to Prime Minister David Cameron, that all the recommendations will be carried out once they have been rubber-stamped by football’s stakeholders.

The anti-racism education process being introduced will not just involve cultural lessons for overseas players and managers coming to England.

All sections of the game, including match stewards, will be given advice on how best to combat discrimination and the procedures to follow when it happens.

The FA will also establish an Inclusion Advisory Board to provide guidance on all equality matters and monitor the implementation of the plan.

Flashpoint: Luis Suarez (left) was in an ugly clash with Patrice Evra last season

Flashpoint: Luis Suarez (left) was in an ugly clash with Patrice Evra last season

The document has been distributed to all 92 League clubs, who will be expected to sign the charter for action against homophobia and transphobia launched by the Government last year.

Contracts with players and managers will have a mandatory reference to behaving in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner.

A timetable has been set out as far ahead as the 2017-18 season as to when the 92 points will be implemented.

They start this month with the football organisations publicising the roles and responsibilities of each body — FA, Premier League, Football League, clubs, League Managers’ Associations, Professional Footballers’ Association and County FAs — in promoting inclusion and dealing with discrimination in football.

Also beginning immediately is the FA mandate that the proportion of ethnic minority coaches starting at the lowest level of qualification does not fall below 10 per cent.

And by season 2015-16: ‘The FA in conjunction with county FAs will ensure that 10 per cent of the referee workforce is from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, which is reflective of national demographics.’

Shirt shrift: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott refuses to wear a Kick It Out top

Shirt shrift: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott refuses to wear a Kick It Out top

The proposals are the FA’s response to
the Prime Minister calling for the game to take tougher action after an
anti-racism-in-football summit last February.

Bernstein is making the fight against racism his personal FA legacy before he stands down next May. In his letter to Miller he writes: ‘Let me give you my own personal reassurance that this is an issue at the very top of my agenda.

‘It is one that I know we are all determined to address both speedily and collaboratively subject to the approvals processes of our respective organisations.

‘There is no doubt that recent events have brought into sharp relief the impact that race and other forms of discrimination can still have on the game. Incidents involving high-profile players cast a shadow over the sport and can undermine much of the collective good work achieved.

‘Despite the substantial progress English football has made in this area over many years we fully recognise that the work to eliminate discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, colour and nationality is still not complete.’

Official inquiry: The FA want more non-white referees to follow Uriah Rennie

Official inquiry: The FA want more non-white referees to follow Uriah Rennie

Bernstein was referring to the Terry, Suarez and Clattenburg cases and the FA plan seeks to prevent any repetition.

The hotline strategy follows Jason Roberts’ complaints about some black players not trusting the authorities to fight racism.

To counter that lack of faith in the authorities, the planned support structure will ‘ensure those who wish to report incidents of discrimination or bullying within the game, whether trainees, players, coaches, managers, other employees or fans, can do so in confidence and receive the support they may require’.

Ironically Bernstein also puts on record his strong support for anti-racism group Kick It Out, whose chairman Lord Ouseley has threatened to quit the FA Council in protest at their ‘mealy- mouthed’ response to the Terry and Suarez issues.

The recommendations may be tweaked after feedback from stakeholders. But they are broadly expected to be introduced following club meetings next February. It is envisaged that the final version will be presented in a ‘more user friendly and punchy format’.

Crackdown: Chelsea banned this supporter for making a gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck

Crackdown: Chelsea banned this supporter for making a gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck

Other key proposals include:

The Football League introducing mandatory minimum standard club codes of conduct.Social media guidelines for players and club staff to follow throughout professional football.Crowd management measures to guide professional and semi- professional clubs.Mandatory lessons for all to educate and change attitudes and ensure they are informed of the procedures to follow when incidents occur.Closer working relationships with police over hate crime in football incidents.Football authorities to discipline clubs who repeatedly fail to sanction employers who breach code of conduct, or deal adequately with fans in relation to discriminatory language or behaviour.A review of the recruitment process for managers and coaches at the top level.New programmes to help black and Asian coaches gain qualifications to challenge for top professional roles.Talent programmes specifically for Asian men and boys and the promotion of Asian male and female role models.Improve the reporting and analysis of in-stadium offences.

The FA are not just attempting to eradicate racism in their grand plan.

The commitment is to ‘promote inclusion and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, ability or disability’.

Ugliness has tarnished football: month-by-month

Hillsborough and Munich chants must be stopped

EXCLUSIVE: Stop this hate! Hillsborough and Munich chants must be stopped

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 12 September 2012

Manchester United and Liverpool supporters have been urged to stop singing songs mocking the tragedies that have afflicted both clubs following Wednesday's dramatic revelations about the death of 96 fans at Hillsborough.

Sandy Busby, son of the late United manager Sir Matt, and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler both welcomed the conclusion by the Hillsborough Independent Panel and immediately called upon fans to put an end to the vile chants heard in recent times.

Cut it out: Jamie Carragher (centre left) and Kenny Dalglish (left) were among those to pay their respects on Wednesday

Cut it out: Jamie Carragher (centre left) and Kenny Dalglish (left) were among those to pay their respects on Wednesday

A minority of United fans still sing about the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, while some Liverpool supporters – and indeed those from other clubs – continue to mock the 1958 Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of 23 players, staff and journalists.

Last night Busby – whose father survived the crash in Munich – said: 'My heart goes out to the Liverpool fans who were affected by Hillsborough because I know what it's like.

'You think about it every day. The pain never really goes away. The anniversaries are still upsetting and every day something reminds you of the terrible thing that happened.

'Maybe after this some of the Liverpool fans, and of course the families, can take some comfort that the correct things have eventually been said.

'All I hope now is the two sets of fans – the minorities that are still out there – can stop these awful songs. It's sick and it's sad and it's a shame.

'People think it washes over you but it doesn't. If the people who sing them could stand in the shoes of the relatives of those who died in these tragedies then maybe they would think twice.'

Fowler, who scored 128 goals in 266 appearances for Liverpool, added: 'There is a lot of animosity in football these days but there is no place for that kind of chanting. We have all heard the songs but, thankfully, the majority of fans would never sing about tragedies and we can only hope they set the example going forward.

Not forgotten: There are still vile chants which a minority of fans deem acceptable after the Hillsborough and Munich disasters

Not forgotten: There are still vile chants which a minority of fans deem acceptable after the Hillsborough and Munich disasters

Solidarity: Liverpudlians turned out for a vigil in their city after the truth was finally uncovered

Solidarity: Liverpudlians turned out for a vigil in their city after the truth was finally uncovered

'You have seen what Liverpool is about as a city in the last 24 hours. Yes, people have their differences but they come together at difficult times and Liverpool and Everton, the clubs and the supporters, will always be there for one another.'

Both United and Liverpool have made attempts to dissuade their fans from singing distasteful songs, with varying degrees of success.

Fans from other clubs also sing about the tragedies from time to time. But with the two North West giants due to meet at Anfield in the Barclays Premier League next week, all eyes will be on both sets of fans once again.

Busby added: 'I remember my dad and Bob Paisley holding hands on a bus at Wembley before the (1983) Charity Shield game.

'It was designed to show the fans that the two clubs could stand side by side off the pitch and support each other and have a warm feeling for each other. It was a great idea but some people don't want to listen do they'

Tributes: Across Liverpool people have showed their support for the victims' families after the fateful day in 1989

Tributes: Across Liverpool people have showed their support for the victims' families after the fateful day in 1989

After thousands gathered in the city centre last night for a vigil in memory of the Hillsborough victims, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: 'I was incredibly moved by the vigil. The courage and dignity displayed by the families and survivors is truly humbling.'

Commenting on the report Liverpool's managing director, Ian Ayre, added: 'It's vital (that the public know) because even in recent times we've seen people still stick to this myth that Liverpool fans were responsible for this tragedy.

They now know what we've known for 23 years, which is that Liverpool fans weren't responsible. We've exonerated ourselves and this report has exonerated them.'

Ayre said the phrase which struck the biggest chord with him in Prime Minister David Cameron's speech was 'double injustice' and he said: 'Not only the fact these people died unnecessarily, but the fact a process ensued and dragged their names through the mud.'

Alex Ferguson takes a swipe at FA over Rio Ferdinand "choc-ice" tweet fine

Fergie takes a swipe at FA over Ferdinand's 45,000 fine for Cole 'choc-ice' tweet

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22:52 GMT, 17 August 2012

WHY RIO WAS FINED…

Click here to read the FA's commission's report on Manchester United defender Ferdinand

Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested Rio
Ferdinand's standing in the game and the fact that he plays for
Manchester United contributed to the FA finding him guilty of making
improper comments about Ashley Cole on Twitter.

Ferdinand was fined 45,000 for his response on the social networking site to someone calling Ashley Cole a 'choc ice'.

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Waiting game: Rio Ferdinand (left) is set to discover if he will be punished by the FA

Waiting game: Rio Ferdinand (left) is set to discover if he will be punished by the FA

The United defender chose not to
appeal against the verdict but his manager said: 'I think it was almost
certain. The only thing that surprises me is players have tweeted for
years and it's not been challenged by the FA.

'Rio's status in the game has caused this and who he plays for could be another issue.'

Cole, who has played alongside
Ferdinand for England, appeared as a witness for John Terry when the
Chelsea defender appeared in court in July charged with making racist
comments to the United man's younger brother Anton.

Terry was cleared but Rio Ferdinand
then appeared to endorse a tweet describing Cole as a 'choc ice',
perceived to mean black on the outside and white inside. Ferdinand
tweeted: 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!'

It emerged in the FA's findings on Friday that Kick Racism Out of Football chairman Lord Herman Ouseley
testified that 'choc ice' is an offensive term. It is also understood
that two of the three panel members were from ethnic minorities.

Ouseley is also a member of the charity the Manchester United Foundation.

Ferguson warned his players they must be more careful on Twitter.

Evidence: Ashley Cole (right) was called to testify at John Terry's trial

Evidence: Ashley Cole (right) was called to testify at John Terry's trial

VIDEO: Sir Alex Ferguson expresses his views on Twitter following Rio's fine…

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Euro 2012: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain"s family fear racism

Euro race fears drive Oxlade-Chamberlain's family away

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21:55 GMT, 24 May 2012

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's family have joined Theo Walcott's relatives in staying at home during the European Championship for fear of being victims of racial abuse in Ukraine.

The news comes as the PFA announced plans to allow clubs to sack players if they are found guilty of racist behaviour.

Family fears: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) with manager Roy Hodgson at Thursday's England training session

Family fears: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) with manager Roy Hodgson at Thursday's England training session

Walcott's brother Ashley confirmed on Twitter last week that he and his father Don would not take the risk after public warnings from the Foreign Office.

On Thursday Whitehall officials reiterated their concerns and Joleon Lescott, one of eight black players in the England squad, revealed that other families, like that of Oxlade-Chamberlain, are opting to stay away.

The Foreign Office launched a free guide to fans for Euro 2012 on Thursday. Two of the recommendations in the 130-page guide are:

Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals belonging to religious minorities should take extra care.
Although homosexuality is legal in Ukraine, public attitudes are less tolerant than in the UK and public displays of affection may attract negative attention.

Lescott said his family had decided to stay at home before the warnings were issued, simply for logistical reasons.

'It was quite alarming to see the reports about the situation out there,' he said.

'But even before the reports, my family weren't going anyway. Maybe if I'm playing and we get to the final, my family will want to go.

'But it's a shame for some members of the squad that their families feel they can't go.'

Racism fears: The families Theo Walcott (left) and Joleon Lescott (right) are staying at home

Racism fears: The families Theo Walcott (left) and Joleon Lescott (right) are staying at home

Racism fears: The families of Walcott (left) and Lescott (right) will stay at home

The PFA are getting tough on domestic racism after a season marred by allegations against Luis Suarez and John Terry.

Gordon Taylor, the union's chief executive, is pressing for a small but significant amendment to the standard player's contract clearing the way for clubs to dismiss players guilty of racism without fear of a legal response.

Under the new regulations, the language used by Suarez towards Patrice Evra, which led to an eight-match ban, would be a sackable offence, as would that allegedly used by Terry in the direction Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, who has been stripped of the England captaincy over the case which will be heard in court in July, denies the charge.

Learning lessons: Gordon Taylor vocal in calling for change

Learning lessons: Gordon Taylor vocal in calling for change

Taylor said: 'It's about learning from what's happened this year. It's not been a good year and it's still hanging around with the captaincy.

'There has been strong feeling among all members, particularly young black players, that it's time to progress.

'This will raise the bar and make it a lot more focused. We don't want any ambiguity.'

Taylor's proposal will be raised in July and requires approval from the PFA, the FA, the Premier League and the Football League.

EURO 2012: Theo Walcott"s family won"t travel to Ukraine over racism fears

Walcott's family won't travel to Euros over fears of racist abuse

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08:09 GMT, 17 May 2012

Theo Walcott’s brother revealed that the winger’s family won’t go to Euro 2012 because of the endemic racism in Poland and Ukraine.

The Arsenal winger was included in Roy Hodgson's England squad to travel to Poland and Ukraine, but due to fears of racism in the countries, dad Don and chef brother Ashley have decided not to travel.

Ashley tweeted: ‘Unfortunately my dad n i have taken the decision not to travel to the Ukraine because of the fear of possible racist attacks confrontations.

Fears: Walcott's family will not be in Ukraine

Fears: Walcott's family will not be in Ukraine

'Something's aren't worth risking, but begs the question why hold a competition of this magnitude in a place that can not police itself for foreigners of any creed to feel safe, but I'll be watching every minute.

'Racism has no place in the modern world.'

Ukrainian football hooligans with racist tendencies have been the subject of recent exposes. Roy Hodgson expressed concerns on Wednesday about the safety of English fans next month.

Close: Theo will not be supported by brother Ashley at Euro 2012

Close: Theo will not be supported by brother Ashley at Euro 2012

Support: Ashley Walcott says he will support his brother from home

Support: Ashley Walcott says he will support his brother from home

Hodgson said: 'The issue of racism, especially the Sky report into the hooliganism and violence in Ukraine, is an obvious concern. Not least the supporters who go over there and risk maybe getting beaten up.'

Fears of racial attacks have prompted the Foreign Office to issue a warning to the thousands of supporters planning to travel.

Official government advice says: 'Foreign nationals have been victims of violent crime in Kiev and other major cities in recent years. In some cases attacks have been racially motivated.

'Travellers of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent and individuals from religious minorities should take extra care.'

David Cameron orders football anti-racism summit

Cameron orders summit to outline football's anti-racism battle

David Cameron will step into the row over racism in football by staging a Downing Street summit on the issue.

Some of the sport's biggest stars, governing bodies and anti-discrimination groups are to join the Prime Minister and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt for talks.

The Government is also injecting 3million into the FA's new National Coaching Centre, which aims to encourage more individuals from ethnic minorities to progress in the game.

Enough is enough: Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped in

Enough is enough: Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped in

The event to promote a more 'inclusive' sport comes amid fears that high-profile incidents are harming its image.

Earlier this month Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was forced to apologise for refusing to shake hands with Manchester United's Patrice Evra before the teams' match.

Suarez had only recently returned to action for Liverpool following a ban for racially abusing Evra during a game in October.

England star John Terry is also due to face trial over the summer on charges of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Those taking part in the discussions today include former players John Barnes and Graeme Le Saux.

Amal Fashanu, who recently made a
documentary about homosexuality in the sport, 14 years after her
footballer uncle Justin hanged himself, will attend.

Flashpoints: Evra and Suarez clashed at Anfield (above) while the Ferdinand and Terry case rumbles on (below)

Flashpoints: Evra and Suarez clashed at Anfield (above) while the Ferdinand and Terry case rumbles on (below)

Flashpoints: Evra and Suarez clashed at Anfield (above) while the Ferdinand and Terry case rumbles on (below)

Representatives from the Football Association, the Premier League, the Football League, the Professional Footballers' Association and the League Managers' Association are also due to be there.

At a charity reception last month, Mr Cameron said many people had been 'concerned by recent events'.

'My message is clear: we will not tolerate racism in Britain. It has absolutely no place in our society and where it exists, we will kick it out,' he said.

'Our football governing bodies, clubs and footballers themselves have a vital role to play as role models in this respect.'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has also spoken out about the need to encourage more people from ethnic minorities to become coaches.

Race row: Some City players allege they were abused in Porto

Race row: Some City players allege they were abused in Porto