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Kick It Out and FIFA to Launch Partnership at Wembley

Mon 30th Jul 2012 | Football Governance

Joseph S. Blatter will join a gathering of the game's leading administrators tomorrow (31 July) at Wembley Stadium to discuss how football can help beat the scourge of racism.

The FIFA President will be joined by Kick It Out Chair Lord Herman Ouseley, The Football Association Chairman David Bernstein, FIFA’s first female member of the Executive Committee Lydia Nsekera from the Burundi FA, and The FA's first female board member, Heather Rabbatts, to pledge their collective support and commitment to tackling discrimination in football.

The event will be attended by campaigners from in and outside the game, as well as Kick It Out and senior FIFA representatives and people working in football at all levels in England.

Paul Elliott, Kick It Out trustee and former Chelsea captain, said: "The purpose of this event is to provide a serious focus on how organisations like FIFA and Kick It Out can pool resource and expertise for a sustained programme of anti-discrimination and inclusion work in football, both here in England, and in other parts of the world."

FIFA President, Blatter, said: "I am personally delighted to be supporting this joint project between FIFA and Kick It Out to highlight the problems of racism in the game and to take very positive steps forward to try to eradicate it once and for all."

David Bernstein, Chairman of the FA, added: “Kick it Out has been one of the key contributors in transforming English football from a position of shame and discomfort, to one where, rightly, English football is seen as a benchmark for addressing discrimination and racism. 
 
“This has been a long and challenging journey, but it is one that has been made collectively. Football authorities, government, campaigning groups, individual players, managers and supporters have all played their part.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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