Thursday 20th December 2012 | 15:38
DCMS: Culture Secretary Maria Miller's statement on English football's Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan
Department for Culture, Media and Sport press release
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said:
“We welcome the action plan from the football authorities setting out a way forward to tackle discrimination within the game. While we have made significant progress in this area over the last two decades, recent incidents have shown a need for concerted action. We want to see this action plan implemented and the football authorities to show strong leadership on anti-discrimination at both the professional and grassroots levels of the game. The Sports Minister will continue to work with the football authorities to make progress in this area.
“We are encouraged by football’s proposals to improve the diversity of coaches, supporting those from BME backgrounds and their education plans to ensure all those in the game are fully aware of what is and isn’t acceptable. We are pleased that football will fully support Kick It Out as an effective campaign group across all forms of discrimination. We will respond to the football authorities action plan in full in our response to the Select Committee in the coming weeks.”