Saints signings to have lessons on discrimination

FUTURE Saints signings from from overseas will have "cultural lessons" to make them aware of rules on discrimination under proposals to tackle racism.

The move – for all players and managers arriving in English football from foreign countries - is part of a response by football's authorities to the Government's call for tougher action to tackle discrimination.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said that the proposals included all players and managers having lessons on cultural awareness, including those newly arrived from abroad.

It follows two high-profile incidents of racist abuse last season.

Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra. The Liverpool striker admitted calling the Manchester United defender 'negrito' but claimed that was acceptable in his native Uruguay.

Chelsea's John Terry was banned for four matches for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Taylor said: "Up until now we have had cultural awareness courses for our apprentices and the plan now is to extend these to senior players and coaches, including those coming from overseas.

"We want to make sure there there is no misunderstanding with regards to the rules and regulations on discrimination."

Taylor said the PFA were also in favour of contracts for players and managers having clauses warning that discriminatory language and behaviour was considered "serious gross misconduct".

The document containing the proposals is part of a joint response to the Government from the FA, the PFA, the Premier League and Football League, but still needs to be signed off by the FA board.

It comes on the day that Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley accused the football authorities, Chelsea and Liverpool of a failure of "morality and leadership" over their handling of the incidents involving Terry and Suarez.

Lord Ouseley said Chelsea and Liverpool protected their players because they were "assets", even when they were alleged, and then proven, to have racially abused opponents.

"There is very little morality in football among the top clubs," Ouseley told The Guardian.

"Leadership is so important; you have to send a powerful message that racism is completely unacceptable. But there is a moral vacuum.

"The big clubs look after their players as assets. There was no bold attitude from them, to say that they would not put up with it."

Ouseley believes football's authorities should have made strong statements of disapproval after Suarez and Terry were found guilty, but added: "The condemnations have been mealy-mouthed.

"We want all players and fans to feel confident about reporting abuse. But the FA did not say anything about the lies and distortions which came out in John Terry's and Ashley Cole's evidence. Instead the players are protected.

"The Premier League could have set the tone; they and the FA do a good job in community work. But on this, I have not heard anything from the Premier League."

Ouseley also criticised Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and then Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas for supporting their players while their cases were being played out.

"We were observing the process but the managers were speaking out and sticking up for Luis Suarez and John Terry," Ouseley added.

"The FA should have asserted themselves, said they would not up with people disrespecting the process, but the FA were very slack and weak."

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12:55pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bully0046 says...

Plucked from the BBC news, What a job your site is becoming!
Plucked from the BBC news, What a job your site is becoming! bully0046
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12:57pm Tue 11 Dec 12

bully0046 says...

Plucked from the BBC sport site, What a joke your site is becoming!”
Plucked from the BBC sport site, What a joke your site is becoming!” bully0046
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2:32pm Tue 11 Dec 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

Saints have Columbian midfield enforcer CARLOS SANCHEZ on their radar for a possible transfer swoop in January so if signed he will have to do the course.
Saints have Columbian midfield enforcer CARLOS SANCHEZ on their radar for a possible transfer swoop in January so if signed he will have to do the course. CB FRY LIVES
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2:36pm Tue 11 Dec 12

SO50 Saint says...

Get in this bloke and then in the summer get in his Colombian teammate Falcao
Get in this bloke and then in the summer get in his Colombian teammate Falcao SO50 Saint
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4:32pm Tue 11 Dec 12

GX Saint says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
Saints have Columbian midfield enforcer CARLOS SANCHEZ on their radar for a possible transfer swoop in January so if signed he will have to do the course.
Trouble is it's gone public. NC won't enjoy that.

Still it's got a good ring to it, Columbian enforcer. His nickname is probably The Jackal, although the real Jackal was Venezuelan.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: Saints have Columbian midfield enforcer CARLOS SANCHEZ on their radar for a possible transfer swoop in January so if signed he will have to do the course.[/p][/quote]Trouble is it's gone public. NC won't enjoy that. Still it's got a good ring to it, Columbian enforcer. His nickname is probably The Jackal, although the real Jackal was Venezuelan. GX Saint
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11:40am Wed 12 Dec 12

derek james says...

seeing as some of the most shall we say "discriminating" people are from eastern europe (anyone who has been to eastern europe will agree) maybe they should have started this about 8 years ago to all new immigrants
seeing as some of the most shall we say "discriminating" people are from eastern europe (anyone who has been to eastern europe will agree) maybe they should have started this about 8 years ago to all new immigrants derek james
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11:16pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

Whoa! Wait a minute, to quote, it's:

'for all players and managers arriving in English football from foreign countries.'

So, it’s NOT for British players such as John Terry then? Or have I missed something?

Does this mean that the FA and PFA think it is only ‘Johnny foreigner’ who has a problem with racism? That would, in itself, be a rather racially prejudiced position.
Whoa! Wait a minute, to quote, it's: 'for all players and managers arriving in English football from foreign countries.' So, it’s NOT for British players such as John Terry then? Or have I missed something? Does this mean that the FA and PFA think it is only ‘Johnny foreigner’ who has a problem with racism? That would, in itself, be a rather racially prejudiced position. Strasbourg Saint
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