UK Football Association appoints head of anti-discrimination
The Football Association (FA) has hired a new chair Tariq Sadiq to head up an anti discrimination panel aimed at ending homophobia and discrimination based on race, disability or sexuality.
Sadiq said he wants to end homophobia in football. In an interview with HR magazine he said discrimination and homophobia was rife in clubs across the UK and he wanted it stopped.
“Discrimination could take many forms, from racial abuse to homophobia or sexism,’ he said. “It's important that people feel they can report this without recrimination or reprisals. New whistle-blowing laws incorporate the fact protection requires an element of a disclosure being in the public interest. I'd be surprised if that was not seen as the case in football.
“Whether it's racist language or homophobic abuse, people need to know that it's unacceptable,’ he said. ‘Often this will go on in backroom activity behind closed doors, so it's important that everyone is aware this needs to be dealt with in the case of all employees.”
Sadiq suggested FA needed to be leaders in antidiscrimination matters and has since gone out and recruited 50 people from diverse backgrounds to ensure community diversity is reflected.
“We have people from ethnic minorities, people who are openly gay and disabled people. We need to reflect the diversity and acceptance we are encouraging within our own staff.”