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Sports minister to hold meeting to tackle abuse in football

PICTURED: Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused during a Premier League match at Chelsea in December

SPORTS MINISTER Mims Davies will hold an "urgent" meeting with football leaders in an attempt to tackle racism and discrimination in the sport, BBC Sport reports.

Numerous football organisations, including The Football Association, Premier League and anti-discrimination group Kick It Out will be invited to the meeting.

"Together we must find a way to tackle this," Davies said. "Those involved in abuse are not football fans.

"They are using football as a cloak for discriminatory, and often criminal, behaviour. They are not welcome in our stadiums."

Davies will also speak to players, fan groups and coaches about their experiences of discriminatory abuse in football and discuss what action can be taken to eradicate it.

"Football reaches into every community in this country, and can play a big part in helping to champion the values we want to see as part of society today," Davies said.

"But we will not stand by and watch people threaten these values with ugly acts of hatred.

"Zero tolerance means just that. We cannot allow the minority to ruin it for the majority of us that love the sport."

The decision to go ahead with the meeting follows months of alleged racism within football which has sparked a conversation around discrimination in the sport.

As a result, proposals for new anti-discrimination measures are set to be discussed at a regular Premier League shareholders' meeting in London on Thursday (Feb 7).

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