Belfast Telegraph

Scudamore: PL leads racism fight

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has declared that English football will continue to lead the fight against racism.

Luis Suarez, the Liverpool striker, is serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra while Chelsea captain John Terry has been charged by the police for allegedly racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Terry denies the charge.

Scudamore insists English football is unrivalled in its appetite to rid the game of racism, saying: "When it comes to the racism issue there is zero tolerance. We as a sport have led the line and continue to lead the line, there's no room for it."

He added: "I'm absolutely confident that England football's record in dealing with this issue is good.

"All that's happened in the last few weeks has been dealt with. Look at the reaction to it from the media, supporters and public. It's been dealt with. I'm proud that we're in a country that can deal with it.

"The reaction we've seen here is far better than what happens in many other countries, where it wouldn't have even got any column inches."

Senior figures from Liverpool are expected to appear before a parliamentary inquiry on March 6 and Scudamore insists the Premier League also expect to be involved.

"The government is entitled to do what they think is in the public interest. If they want to raise it, that's fine," he said.

"Whether or not we'll be asked to take part I don't know. On the basis that I assume we might be, we'll go along and talk about the fantastic work we've done.

"But nobody's complacent, there's always work to be done. If there's more we can do then fine."


From Belfast Telegraph