FA to introduce ethnic quotas for referees and coaches in new move to tackle racism

New plan set to demand at least 10 per cent of entry level officials and coaches throughout the game are from ethnic minorities

The Football Association will introduce new quotas for referees and coaches early in the new year under proposals to tackle racism.

The move is part of a response by football's authorities to the Government's call for tougher action to tackle discrimination and a response to damning criticism - from the likes of Jason Roberts - following two high-profile incidents of racist abuse last season.

Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra whilst John Terry was banned for four matches for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

The 92 point plan by the FA is set to include a demand that at least 10 per cent of entry level officials and coaches are from ethnic minorities, according to The Daily Mail.

Proposals also include moves to increase the presence of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people throughout the game whilst the video and audio technology will be used to identify supporters guilty of racism within the stadium.

A confidential number for players to report discrimination will be introduced - a move that could be a response to Jason Roberts’ claim that some black players did not trust the authorities to fight racism.

Contracts with players and managers are set to include a new mandatory reference to behaving in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner.

The FA's new guidelines will be distributed to all 92 League clubs, who will be also be expected to sign the charter for action against homophobia and transphobia launched by the Government last year.

The 92 points from the FA proposals could be implemented as far ahead as the 2017-18 season.

The action plan by the FA comes after Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said that players and managers coming to England from overseas will have “cultural lessons” to make them aware of rules on discrimination under proposals to tackle racism.

The PFA also gave their support for the FA proposal of a minimum five-game ban for racist abuse. 

Sport
football This was Kane’s night, even if he played just a small part of it
Travel
travel Dreamland Margate, Britain’s oldest amusement park, is set to reopen
News
news
News
Founders James Brown and Tim Southwell with a mock-up of the first ever ‘Loaded’ magazine in 1994
media
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Threlfall says: 'I am a guardian of the reality keys. I think I drive directors nuts'
people
Voices
voices The group has just unveiled a billion dollar plan to help nurse the British countryside back to health
News
The Westgate, a gay pub in the centre of Gloucester which played host to drag queens, has closed
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss