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FSF & Kick It Out statement on FA Council-member’s comments

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Following comments on Radio 5 Live from Ray Kiddell, Council member at The Football Association (FA), made in relation to the Parliamentary debate on reform of English football’s governing body, Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) have released the following statement:

Kick It Out and the FSF are dismayed by comments made by Ray Kiddell, member of The FA Council, on the issues of reform within the national game.

These comments by a council member are indicative of the problems that are blighting the leadership of football in this country. It’s imperative the FA Council become champions of equality. Unhelpful comments by representatives show a lack of understanding and highlight that education is needed.  

Kick It Out and the FSF will send a letter of complaint to The FA on this matter.

With The FA in the process of shaping major reform, it is essential that they put diversity and proper representation of supporters at the heart of their plans for change.

In response an FA spokesperson said:

“The FA distance itself from Mr Kiddell’s comments. We are very proud of our record of promoting respect within the game and working closely with Kick It Out. His comments in this interview are completely at odds with the views of The FA and we will address this matter internally.”

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