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.

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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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10 comments

  • However you view the problem, it starts with politics outside the game and how the government imposes it's views upon everyone, with no thought to our own culture being destroyed. That is not a flimsy excuse, it's the reality of what is happening. If you want to address something like this, start by removing the barriers that enforce racism. Deal with all problems on an equal footing, without letting political correctiveness decide who should or should not be prosecuted etc. Face the facts that racism is a two way street and move forward from that. Education is needed for overseas players as much as it is for home grown players and equally, for the public too, but it must reach out regardless of colour or creed. If not, we'll end up back on the same one way street which will achieve nothing but more of the same.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I think that what they really mean is "political correctness" lessons rather than "cultural lessons". I would certainly not be looking to the FA, Premier League or the PFA as experts on culture.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • This is an appallingly racist policy. To single out foreign players for special "cultural lessons" is to suggest some kind of racial inferiority. Adolf Hitler lives and works in the PFA.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • The problem is not foreign players only. Its mainly unintelligent fans who think they can hide behind others and get away with it. You cant hide who you really are, even if you try to cover it up sometimes!

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Billy Boy! sounds as if you've just shot yourself in the foot!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Yeah, this is a bit unfair - surely the problem is equally, or even more of a problem with the british players? Like Dom says it's fans too. I think foreign players are possibly the least relevant group to give cultural lessons to.. *every* footballer should take them.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Looks like "Billy" has been deleted? Surely not the sensible Billy, but sillybillythebookie?? That`s the trouble with retro-censorship, Ar-chant, it confuses the message boards. The notion of giving "foreign" players "cultural lessons" is tainted with xenophobia in itself. "We`re not racists, it`s them damn furriners". The root of the problem is in moronic, attention-seeking individuals who yearn for street-cred with their peer group.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Looks like "Billy" has been deleted? Surely not the sensible Billy, but sillybillythebookie?? That`s the trouble with retro-censorship, Ar-chant, it confuses the message boards. The notion of giving "foreign" players "cultural lessons" is, in itself, tainted with xenophobia. "It`s not us, it`s them darned furriners". As Ghana Dom said, the root of the problem is in unintelligent, attention-seeking individuals who yearn for street-cred with their peer group.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Billy, I really hope you're not serious. If you are, you are a coward.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • At last! I`m getting the hang of which words Ar-chant do not allow - even the ones they used themselves.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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