FA silent on football racism report

January 27, 2011

The Football Association has been accused of ignoring a report into antisemitism submitted by politicians and football experts 18 months ago.

At the House of Commons debate MP John Mann said he had been asked by the FA to chair a working group into antisemitism and Islamophobia in the sport, but had received no response to its final report.

He said: "I now politely ask the FA, which has a new chief executive, to respond. I hope that it does so productively and positively."

Mr Mann's frustration was echoed by Communities Minister Andrew Stunell, who said he would alert the Department for Culture, Media and Sport about the FA's silence.

MPs Bob Blackman and Nigel Dodds both highlighted antisemitism at Tottenham Hotspur matches. Mr Blackman, a Spurs fan, said: "I have been to football grounds all over the country and combatted attacks by opposition fans who routinely say, 'Gas the Jews. Kill all the Jews. Hitler was right.'"

Openly racist material is on sale at clubs

Mr Dodds said: "People supporting a rival club were selling openly antisemitic and racist paraphernalia. I wonder why the authorities do not stamp down on that kind of thing."

A spokesman for the FA responded: "The FA has been working with its Race Equality Advisory Group in relation to the report and can confirm our plans to reconvene the Antisemitism and Islamophobia Group."

Last updated: 10:10am, January 28 2011