Former Premier League player admits shouting racial chants as a teenager | London

Former Premier League player John Beresford has revealed he sang racist chants on the terraces as a teenager.

He told ITV London it’s something he now regrets, adding:

He was awarded an MBE last year in recognition of his services to education in anti-discrimination, as part of his work with Show Racism the Red Card.

He’s been involved with the charity for twenty years, using his reputation to spread their anti-hate message.

I think if football is really serious about tackling racism and discrimination it needs to put it’s money where it’s mouth is and I think we are the leading organisation in terms of providing that education within the game but we struggle because we can’t do more that what we are doing, and that’s down to a funding issue.

– ‘Kick It Out’, Football’s equality and inclusion organisation

Football is a billion pound industry, but it invests just a fraction of that fighting discrimination.

Last season, Kick It Out received £655,000 in core funding from the Football Association, Premier League, Football League and the PFA. That’s the equivalent of just three months wages for the average Premier League player.

The FA has agreed to fund two full-time Kick It Out officers in the grassroots who will work with county FA’s from next season and spends money in other areas, to fight discrimination.

The message will need to get through to fans – as well as players.

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