Monday, 23 December 2019

'Racism has no place in football' - PFA releases statement condemning abuse aimed at Chelsea Star

Racism has no place in football, PFA condemns attack on Rudigar, PFA releases statement condeming abuse aim at Chelsea Star
The Professional Footballers' Associaton 'PFA' has released a statement condemning the racial about aimed at Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger during the game between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
The Chelsea man was a subject to abuse from some of Spurs fans during the game and at a point, the game had to be stopped by the referee to address the players and the coaches and also a message was read out loud to the supporters.

PFA has now condemned the abuse and has also called for a government enquiry into the matter.

'Following the events at todays' Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea fame, we are disgusted and dismayed that once again, a Premier League fixture has been tainted by abuse from the stands towards players,' The statement reads

'Racism has no place in football or society. It is deeply disappointing that some fans continue to display vulgar racist gestures and chants from the stands.'

'It has become clear that football players are on the receiving end of the blatant racism that is currently rife in the UK, but they are not alone. The PFA stands beside every player who faces discrimination. We will continue to fight on their behalf to combat this issue for good.'

'Football is part of the fabric of British society. With the huge global audience that English football attracts, we have a responsibility to lead the way with a zero-tolerance policy. Racist abuse in football is not just an issue for black and ethnic minority players, it is an issue to everyone who loves the game.'

'Whilst the protocols in place ensured stadium announcements were executed today, we need to ensure the perpetrators are identified and dealt with according to the law. We believe that the time has come for all governing bodies to unite collectively to end this abuse.'

' The PFA calls for a government enquiry into racism and the rise in hate crime within football and immediate and urgent action from an All-Party Group at the Department of culture, Media and Sport to address this urgent issue.'

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