Calls for an Anti Racism summit grow as unrest deepens

Manchester United defender Rio FerdinandA summit to discuss the concerns over tackling racism in football has been called for by organisation Show Racism the Red Card.

After the boycotting of the Kick it Out t-shirts on the weekend not to mention claims from the Daily Mail that Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand wishes to lead a “ break out organisation” to  revolutionise the fight against racism in football there are fears the unease of black players will only deepen unless an anti racism summit is called.

In an official statement the national organisation offered the chance for players “to sit down with us” and discuss their issues whilst weighing in on the boycott of the kick it out t-shirts stating “we understand the anger of the Ferdinand family and Jason Roberts in relation to the FA handling of the John Terry case.”

The concern is that the issue of t-shirts has now begun to overshadow the actual issue of racism and Show Racism the Red Card ambassador Leroy Rosenior pointed out the boycott was “not constructive in terms of moving the debate forward” calling for Kick it Out to be given more authority because despite Jason Roberts accusing them of not being “strong enough” Rosenior felt the organisation “could not do more than they were doing.”

With a growing number of players and managers calling for more action to be taken in an interview with BBC Radio 5 live Kick It Out’s chairman Lord Herman Ouseley called for said individuals to speak openly about it as only then can “ those grievances can only be addressed.”