FIFA Anti-Racism Chief Says Victims Not Supported

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“I will be meeting with the FA chairman David Bernstein and visiting the FA,” Webb said. “At that time I would also like to meet with some of the players, perhaps have a round-table discussion to talk to the players and get their input, get some suggestions from them and learn from what their experiences are. Obviously, there’s a number of players who have been victimized, targeted. Plus we would like to hear both sides, really.”

Bernstein is pleased that FIFA is recognizing the need to deal with discrimination in soccer.

“It is vitally important football’s governing bodies share experiences and knowledge if we are to properly tackle this issue,” Bernstein said.

Webb’s task force will have at least six members, and he’ll present his initial findings to the FIFA Congress in May.

Webb, who is from the Cayman Islands, also has concerns about the lack of opportunities for black players in higher levels of the sport.

“I played football and I wanted to go into administration,” he said. “Some players, (Paul) Ince might want to go into management. Sol Campbell might want to be the next coach for Arsenal. Do they really have that opportunity?”

“We as a football family, overall, have to sit down and take a look in the mirror,” Webb added. “What happens to the players after they finish playing? Do they really have a chance at being a professional manager? Do people of color really have a chance to become executive directors of various clubs and boards?”

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