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PFA chief's racial abuse admission

WAITING GAME: Anton Ferdinand

THE CHIEF Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association has raised fears that black players may become reluctant to complain, should they experience racial abuse.

At the end of a season that has seen incidents involving Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers; Gordon Taylor stated that those who do stand up for themselves, face a ‘torrent of abuse’.

Taylor, was speaking to MPs of the Culture, Media and Sport Select committee. He explained the problem, saying: “If there is going to be such a backlash it could set back the process of complaining, which is the process by which we can measure whether this is going on."

"The last thing I want after this season's incidents is for black players to not feel comfortable with the process, that if they do make a complaint that it won't be addressed properly."

In reference to the Anton Ferdinand and John Terry incident, Taylor told the committee that the Football Association had been told to ‘hold their horses’ while the Police concluded their investigation.

Chelsea captain, Terry, is due in court on July 9 to face a charge of a racially-aggravated public offence order.

Kick It Out chairman, Lord Herman Ouseley feels the clubs needed to take stronger action with players that offend.
He said: "The complication is, really, the clubs have very expensive assets in players and they are reluctant to take disciplinary action from the outset."

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