MPS INCLUDING Chuka Umunna and Chi Onwurah are among a number of high profile names that have thrown their weight behind The Voice’s Get Onside campaign to tackle racism in football.
On Wednesday (Oct 17) we launched our campaign calling for the FA and the UK Government take meaningful action to address institutional racism in football.
Umunna, MP for Streatham, led the online support by retweeting news of our campaign to his 36,000 followers.
He later told us: “We (black people) nevertheless have gone on to overcome obstacles to achieve great things in a variety of fields and obviously there are certain areas where black people are very visible for example in the field of sport and music.”
He added: “Despite big progress, we still have a long way to go in terms of ensuring there is proper representation for black people in public life.”
Chi Onwurah, Newcastle Upton Tyne Central's first black MP, has tirelessly campaigned against racism in football and has also spoken about it in parliament.
She told The Voice: "I remember has a small child been afraid to go St. James Park because of the National Front. Things have changed now but we still have a long way to kicking it out and I am supporting The Voice's campaign to do so."
The Shadow Minister for Business and Innovation and Skills has also promised to encourage the Football Association (FA) to sanction players accused of racist conduct.
She said: "I believe the FA has a legal duty of care to players which they are violating by exposing them to them to this vile abuse"
Umunna and Onwurah are joined by Claudia Webbe, an adviser to the Kick It Out campaign, which aims to to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and work for positive change in football, and its chair Lord Herman Ousley.
"I am happy to support. The Voice is deserving of our support," Webbe said.
"Racist incidents and racist abuse in the UK, both on and off the pitch, have highlighted that racism is a continuing problem. The recent media coverage and the ability of individual to perptuaate racism using social media has demonstrated how sophisticated racism off the field has become therefore a high profile united campaign with the various body that fight against it is needed."
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