Off the field and on to the feed: tackling racism online - Part 3 of 3

The Role of the Football Association Published 06 February 2013 By: Laura Scaife

Off the field and on to the feed: tackling racism online - Part 3 of 3

A clear theme running through this article is that the time had come for FA led regulation, in order to consider the path going forward it is firstly necessary to consider the stance taken by the FA in response to racist abuse generally. It must be acknowledged that the FA does promote equality based on the dual aspects of inclusion and anti-discrimination, supports a number of anti-racism charities, such as Show Racism the Red CardFootball Unites and Racism Divides, and Football Against Racism in Europe. It is also a trustee and funding partner for the “Kick It Out” campaign. However while the work of such bodies is extremely valuable it is arguable that more needs to be done to tackle racism head on in a formally recognised regulatory capacity. Indeed at the end of last summer, the Football Association were accused of "institutional racism" for not referring alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg to the police. 

 

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Laura is an innovative thinker in the field of Social Media and has been extensively published on matters concerning compliance with e-commerce issues arising out of the Office of Fair Trading and Advertising Standard Agency guidelines as well as online revenue generation, defamation, electronic communications based offences, effective dispute settlement, business crisis management and reputational management.

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