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FIFA's own goal after racism taskforce is disbanded

EVERYBODY LOVES a World Cup. It is the competition that pits the best 32 nations in the World, all bringing their own unique stamp on the beautiful game.

But the next World Cup in 2018, in Russia has already raised major concerns, as the worry about discrimination is on the tips of everyone's tongues.

Hosts Russia, is a country renowned for showing racism no respect! Black players earning their trade or visiting to represent their club sides/countries have constantly been subjected to the types of abuse, we foolish thought had been left behind.

In steps FIFA, with a strong message for everyone who thought they were going to make a stand. An announcement is made, ‘FIFA have disbanded their Racism Taskforce.’

What! I hear you say but you heard correct. Kick It Out's statement started with the word 'perplexed' and mirrored the thoughts of football in general.

FIFA reliably informed Kick It Out and everyone that wanted to listen that its task-force had completed and fulfilled its temporary mission and told us of the measures and good work that they had put in place. However, when one of their task force members, a man who goes by the name of Yaya Toure, puts out a personal statement to share his disappointment that say’s it all and things cannot be well!

The fight against discrimination cannot be a ‘temporary mission’. Whilst we continue to challenge the very thought racism is still alive and people are being targeted and victimised because of the colour of their skin, thenfootball has a responsibility to continue to plough all its efforts into making the game inclusive.

It will be interesting to see if FIFA will continue their apparent march toward ending racism and if they keep the footballing world abreast of their actions.

There’s nothing like learning from the best! I wait with anticipated breath.

* Troy Townsend is Kick it Out’s education & development manager

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