Kick out racism backing
A COMPANY which runs soccer leagues in Neath has challenged the FA to adopt a stronger stand against racism.
Leisure Leagues, the largest provider of five and six a side football in the UK said it supported the aims of the Kick It Out campaign.
But, it said, its own approach went much further than the FA's as it vowed to remove any team containing a player who displayed any racist behaviour.
Leisure Leagues, which runs leagues in Neath Sports Centre on Sundays and Wednesdays, has reiterated its position following high-profile incidents.
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These include the John Terry racist remarks row and the refusal of certain players such as Rio Ferdinand and Jason Roberts not to support the Kick It Out week of action.
Senior executive Sunny Mahal said there were few incidents of racism in Leisure Leagues competitions, but any form of racism was not allowed.
"We believe that regardless of creed, colour, religion or gender you should be able to play community football in a welcoming and tolerant environment," he said.
"We investigate every allegation we receive extremely thoroughly.
"We want players to be able to come forward freely and tell us of their experiences."
Mr Mahal also spoke out against the length of time it took the FA to deal with the Luis Suarez incident and the fact that John Terry was only given a four-match ban.