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Join The Voice’s 'Enough is Enough: Get Onside' campaign to pressure the FA & government into taking action to address institutional racism in football

Over the past year, there have been back-to-back instances of racism in football from the lower leagues to the Premier League, at home and abroad, on the pitch and online.

We hear politicians and the FA talking, but we have not seen enough action to match it. That is why we have launched our Enough is Enough - Get Onside campaign.

In March 2012, the Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee examined the issue and concluded that while the atmosphere at football stadiums had improved "significant problems remain" when it comes to racism. It urged the Football Association (FA) to take the lead on setting an example, and made a number of recommendations to address the problem.

A key solution was to increase the diversity of the pool of candidates for coaches and referees, to embed values of equality at all levels.

We applaud the Government for its report, but it means nothing unless they pressure the FA for results.

We believe the FA approach to racism is one of being seen to act, rather than acting because they believe in the cause. While we welcome news that the FA plans to review the sanctions it imposes for racist abuse, this is only treating the symptoms, not tackling the cause.

The FA needs to take a long hard look at its own organisation which critically lacks diversity. The old boys club mentality must change.

The FA must become more transparent, which is why we support ongoing campaigns for it to be included in the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act alongside other sports bodies like the British Olympic Association.

Please join this campaign if you have had enough of racism in football, and want to see the UK Government and the FA to stand up for British football players and help to address racism in football.

Every signature counts and we are pledging to campaign on this issue in our newspaper, working with organisations like the PFA and Kick It Out, until we see a result.

The Voice does not want empty promises and knee-jerk reactions made in the heat of the moment, we want lasting change that will really make a difference.


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