English football is facing a new storm of racism after a report of abuse and discrimination against black and Asian referees was released.
Racism in the football association’s referee system undermines efforts by blacks and Asians to reach the highest levels of the game, according to a dossier of evidence compiled by match officials The Observer.
It is alleged that the observers who judge referees for promotion to the higher leagues have allegedly made racist comments – and the FA is now facing calls for an urgent investigation.
Anti-racism charity CEO Kick it Out Tony Burnett said: “The lack of diversity in refereeing is our biggest mistake in football. Blacks and Asians do not come to the elite referee. “
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It is also alleged that a small number of white assessors prevent referees from reaching the highest levels.
An FA spokesman said: “We continue to work to ensure that the diversity of those who play, coach, officiate and lead English football is a truly representative of our modern society.
“As part of the national game strategy 2018-2021, we set inclusion goals for the entire game for the first time.”
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