RACISM IN SPORT

As a social enterprise dedicated to fighting racism through the medium of sport, SARI calls for an immediate move to implement the EU White Paper on Sport. Central to the move will be the insertion of an Equality, Anti-discrimination and Diversity clause in the Constitutions of Sports bodies. The current reality is that racism is a problem in society and as sports practitioners are part of society, the scourge will inevitably be imported onto the playing fields. Along with National Governing Bodies of Sport, clubs, associations and members also have a responsibility to stop the hate by their actions and by agreeing to anti-discrimination clauses in their sports contracts.

Already, the standard has been set in Spain. The contract David Villa signed when he joined Barcelona included a ground-breaking ‘anti-discrimination' clause.
The clause stipulates that; ‘The player will not express or carry out, in any form, discriminatory ideas or acts, either during football games or in any club duties. The club will strongly condemn any discriminatory or racist act according to the agreement.'
Barca themselves have already vowed to insert the clause into all of their future contacts, with former club president Joan Laporta confirming;
"It is the first time that a contract has been signed with an anti-racism clause included as introduced by the European Club Association, from now on we will include it in all new contracts."

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