26 Oct 2012

English PFA introduces racial action plan

11:43 am on 26 October 2012

The English Professional Footballers' Association has issued a six-point action plan to help deal with racism following a series of high profile developments in the fallout from the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand case.

The PFA has been criticised for not doing enough to tackle the problem, but responded by saying the time was right for tougher penalties.

The plan comes a day after David Bernstein, the chairman of the Football Association, said the FA's sanctions for racial abuse were being reviewed.

The response from the FA and the PFA comes after Reading striker Jason Roberts, a member of the PFA's management committee, expressed frustration that the problem of racism was not being dealt with properly by the sport's authorities.

Roberts was the catalyst behind the move to boycott the wearing of anti-racism warm-up T-shirts during the Kick It Out organisation's annual anti-racism weekend last Saturday and Sunday.

Amoung the points suggested are speeding up the process of dealing with reported racism, stiffer penalties and monitoring the proportion of black coaches and managers.