What do you think? Foreign players to get cultural lessons to tackle racism
14:00 11 December 2012
Players and managers coming to England from overseas will have “cultural lessons” to make them aware of rules on discrimination under proposals to tackle racism.
The move is part of a response by football’s authorities to the Government’s call for tougher action to tackle discrimination.
Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said that the proposals included all players and managers having lessons on cultural awareness, including those newly arrived from abroad.
It follows two high-profile incidents of racist abuse involving Premier League players.
Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra while Chelsea’s John Terry was banned for four matches for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
Mr Taylor said: “Up until now we have had cultural awareness courses for our apprentices and the plan now is to extend these to senior players and coaches, including those coming from overseas.
“We want to make sure there is no misunderstanding with regards to the rules and regulations on discrimination.”
Mr Taylor said the PFA was also in favour of contracts for players and managers having clauses warning that discriminatory language and behaviour was considered “serious gross misconduct”.
The document containing the proposals is part of a joint response to the Government from the FA, the PFA, the Premier League and Football League, but still needs to be signed off by the FA board.
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