Roberts to continue T-shirt protest

Jason Roberts, Reading StrikerReading’s Jason Roberts is set to continue his protest against the Kick It Out campaign and will not wear the “One Game, One Community” T-shirt during the Royals warm-up when they take on Fulham at the Madejski stadium this weekend.

The veteran striker is one of a number of the Premier League’s black players who are refusing to wear the anti-racism campaign t-shirt, in protest against the F.A., P.F.A., FIFA and UEFA’s failure to stamp out racism in the footballing world.

When asked by reporters whether he would consider ending his T-shirt boycott against Fulham, Roberts replied: “No, I won’t (wear the shirt) – that’s my own choice.

“If it was a T-shirt from another organisation I wouldn’t have worn that either. This is not an attack on Kick It Out. I am passionate about the PFA and Kick It Out but they have to do better, we have to do better,” he said.

The Reading striker admitted he was pleased with the new proposals set out by the PFA, intended to tackle the issue of racism. The proposals include the introduction of the Rooney Rule used in the NFL, in which at least one applicant of an ethnic minority must be considered by clubs for management positions, as well as immediately sacking players found guilty of racial abuse regardless of their profile.

“I think one of the issues is the employment side of things. [The Rooney Rule] is a step in the right direction.

“I would agree with that point [sacking players found guilty of racism]. You would think that something like that would already be written in. I am quite surprised it’s not,” he added.

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