SUPPORTER: Lincoln Moses
LINCOLN MOSES, one of the West Midlands’ most respected figures in grassroots football says he is “110 per cent” behind The Voice’s ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign to stamp racism out of the game.
Moses, who chairs the FA’s regional Race Equality Advisory Group (REAG), praised The Voice for taking a stand as he feels action against institutional racism in football is long overdue.
“Football at grassroots level more than any other really does reflect society and we can point to racism issues that occur week in and week out,” said Moses, who became the first manager of a black-led football club at Birmingham-based Continental Star FC.
With the logo ‘more than just a football club’ Continental Star is a social enterprise and registered charity that supports those who have been marginalised in society.
“There is still far too much red tape when it comes to taking action against racist behaviour,” said Moses, who was awarded an MBE in 2009 and has been presented with nine awards in the past two years for his services to football in the community.
He is also a three-time nominee for the annual Voice backed Black List awards, which celebrate the achievements of the African-Caribbean community at all levels of football.
But Lincoln said that sadly, nine out of ten racist incidents at local level were often started by angry parents at the side of the pitch who let their frustrations boil over into shocking examples of racist behaviour.
“I remember one incident where a parent dashed on to the field and pulled the dreadlocks of one player so hard that it drew blood,” said Moses.
“We took the case up with the county FA but we could not take any further action because the referee had not officially logged and reported it.”
Moses added that other incidents which include verbal abuse by parents are then mimicked by their children, perpetuating the situation.
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