English football has been rocked by a new racism scandal after black and Asian referees exposed the extent of the abuse and prejudice that are allegedly holding them back.
A dossier compiled by match officials and submitted by the observer, claims that racism in the football association’s referee system undermines efforts by blacks and Asians to reach the highest levels of the game.
The diversity report submitted to the FA allegedly contains racist comments from observers judging referees for promotion to the higher leagues. The FA is now facing calls for an urgent investigation.
Tony Burnett, executive director of the Anti-Racism Charity Throw it outHe said: “The lack of diversity in refereeing is our biggest mistake in football. Blacks and Asians do not come to the elite referee. “
An investigation of the observer reveals:
A report submitted to the FA highlights allegations of racism among observers who mark referees for promotion. An observer reportedly told a referee, “You can all run fast, but that’s all you’re good for.”
The lower levels of the arbitration system have been referred to as the “black man’s graveyard” by some ethnic minority arbitrators because they are prevented from reaching the highest levels by a small number of white appraisers.
There are no black or Asian referees officiating in the Premier League or the championship. There are only four ethnic minority umpires officiating in the country’s top seven leagues.
The FA’s 14-member Referee Committee, which is tasked with improving the diversity of the 24,500-strong referee workforce, has no Black or Asian representatives.
A 2015 FA report on diversity in refereeing, Widening the Net, set a goal of 10% of its refereeing workforce being ethnic minorities. The FA says the ethnic minority group among arbitrators has increased from about 4% in 2015 to about 8%.
Joel Mannix, chairman of the Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Ethnicity (BAME) Referee Support Group and one of the most senior black referees in the country, said, “They have observers who are racist and they flag officials their color.” He said that Reforms need to focus on representation, recruitment and retention.
The group submitted a diversity report to the FA last year that detailed alleged racist comments from observers. She prepared the ethnic minority referee report to highlight the racial discrimination of some referees. The report provides a roadmap for reform. the BAME Referee Support Group would like the FA to publish a detailed breakdown of the number of ethnic minority arbitrators serving in the various departments.
the observer believes that referees also gathered evidence for an observer, including video that the newspaper saw and that allegedly made racist comments.
FA officials said they would not comment on individual allegations but “investigate all alleged incidents of discrimination”. and Irish arbitrators as minority ethnic groups. The FA confirmed last week that all arbitrators who were not of “white British background” were listed in the ethnic minorities.
There are around 24,500 referees in England, most of whom oversee Sunday League amateur football. While amateur referees only get £ 25 per game, professional referees can earn more than £ 100,000.
Activists say that while the football world will celebrate the FA Cup’s 150th anniversary next year, it will also be a reminder that no black or Asian referee has presided over the tournament’s final in its history.
The FA said an equality working group was working on recommendations for the recruitment, retention, support and development of arbitrators from all backgrounds. She also updates her diversity numbers and has not been able to provide a detailed breakdown of the current numbers.
A spokesperson said: “We continue to work to ensure that the diversity of players, coaches, officials and leaders in English football truly reflects our modern society. As part of this, we have set inclusion goals for the entire game for the first time as part of the national game strategy 2018-2021. “