Black players are losing faith in English football’s fight against racism … and now preparing to turn their backs on ‘ineffective’ PR campaigns
- There is concern that anti-discrimination activities are simply PR exercises
- Sportsmail has been informed that a large number of black players have refused to contribute
- According to one source, there is a big ‘gap’ between players and stakeholders
- The cynicism comes days after the No Room for Racism campaign in the Premier League
Black players are disappointed in English football’s ambition to force change and are preparing to turn their backs on ‘ineffective’ PR campaigns against discrimination.
Sportsmail has learned that many players have declined to contribute to publicity campaigns, and others are considering doing the same despite disappointment with their success.
There is a disturbing perception that such awareness-raising initiatives are simply a public relations exercise.
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A well-placed source has told us Sportsmail that there is a big ‘gap’ between players and stakeholders leading the campaigns.
The growing cynicism comes just days after the Premier League completed its own anti-discrimination campaign – No Room For Racism.
There was even consternation among those who agreed to participate in this initiative.
Some players who gave the green light to be interviewed would be perplexed by the way they were questioned, including asking black players if they had spoken to their children about racism and if a white player had ever defended them against discriminatory abuse.
Premier League has completed its own anti-discrimination campaign – No room for racism
The PFA released a research study earlier this week that showed the growing rates of online racist abuse that black soccer players are dealing with.
However, Sportsmail knows a number of footballers who have not been consulted on the proper course of action to take when targeted for online abuse.
A source said, “Players want to see actual change. What is the use of campaign after campaign? We know there is inequality in football, we don’t need players and ex-players to tell us that. Those campaigns are just talk. ‘