PFA chief Gordon Taylor reveals a six-point action plan to deal with racism
PFA chief Gordon Taylor has announced a six-point action plan to deal with racism in football.
Last Updated: 24/10/12 5:55pm
Taylor has been stung by criticism from some members and the PFA chief executive insists the union is seeking tougher penalties for racist abuse.
Proposals include making racism a potentially a sackable offence, culprits ordered to attend awareness programmes and a form of the 'Rooney rule' to boost the number of black coaches and managers.
The list reads: 1 - Speeding up the process of dealing with reported racist abuse with close monitoring of any incidents.
2 - Consideration of stiffer penalties for racist abuse and to include an equality awareness programme for culprits and clubs involved.
3 - An English form of the 'Rooney rule' - introduced by the NFL in America in 2003 - to make sure qualified black coaches are on interview lists for job vacancies.
4 - The proportion of black coaches and managers to be monitored and any inequality or progress highlighted.
5 - Racial abuse to be considered gross misconduct in player and coach contracts (and therefore potentially a sackable offence).
6 - To not lose sight of other equality issues such as gender, sexual orientation, disability, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Asians in football.
Meanwhile, Taylor also called for unity in the wake of some players considering forming a breakaway organisation for black players.
"If we are not careful this will set us back years. It would not only set back the game, it would set back the anti-racist initiative," Taylor said.