FA independant director Rabbatts calls for action on racism

12 December 2012 09:17

Football Association independent director Heather Rabbatts insists the game must respond to damning criticism of the handling of the John Terry and Luis Suarez racial abuse cases.

Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley has claimed there is "very little morality" at the top clubs, and a lack of leadership and "a moral vacuum" in the game. Rabbatts, appointed as an independent board member earlier this year and a potential candidate to be the next FA chairman, said Ouseley had raised important issues.

Rabbatts told the Press Association: "The issues that Herman Ouseley is raising are hugely important issues for the whole game and it has to respond to these challenges. There are a number of members from different parts of the game being consulted and we all have to rise to the current challenge."

She continued: "Despite the huge progress that has been made in tackling discrimination there is a need for renewed energy."

Ouseley said Chelsea and Liverpool protected their players because they were "assets".

He said: "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.

"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.

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

Source: PA