After the recent “Unite Against Racism” conference in London, we must all ensure that discussions blossom into practical steps to challenge racism in the sport. John Williams, representing Leicester’s “Foxes Against Racism” at the conference, has written an excellent article in his regular column for the Leicester Mercury newspaper. He feels that the first step for football clubs and authorities is to recognise and take ownership of the problem of racism. That they should lead by example – blaming the fans whilst doing little themselves would be the easy option.
John Williams is a research lecturer at the University of Leicester’s Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research.