(WFI) FIFA president Sepp Blatter will headline a two-hour, pre-match discussion on eradicating discrimination from football next Tuesday.
The event at Wembley Stadium includes Burundi FA president Lydia Nsekera, the first woman appointed to the FIFA executive committee, and Heather Rabbatts, the first woman appointed to the English FA board, along with FA chairman David Bernstein and Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley.
The 4pm to 6pm forum precedes the Great Britain versus Brazil women’s match at 7:45pm.
The Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football campaign launched in 1993 and is part of the Football Against Racism in Europe network.
Ouseley migrated in 1957 from Guyana to England and was the first black CEO of the London borough Lambeth.
At the recent UEFA European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, fines were levied against football associations representing Croatia, Russia and Spain for high-profile incidents of racist chants.
“The purpose of this event is to provide a serious focus on how organizations like FIFA and Kick It Out can pool resource and expertise for a sustained programme of anti-discrimination and inclusion work in football, both here in England and in other parts of the world,” said former Chelsea F.C. captain Paul Elliott, a trustee with Kick It Out, in a news release.
“I am personally delighted to be supporting this joint project between FIFA and Kick It Out to highlight the problems of racism in the game and to take very positive stops forward to try to eradicate it once and for all,” said Blatter.
Blatter Attends Olympic Opener
The FIFA chief arrived in Cardiff this morning ahead of the first game of the London 2012 football tournament – and the first action of the Olympics. Team GB’s women kick off against New Zealand women at 4pm at the Millennium Stadium in Wales.
“I understand the attendance in Cardiff today is expected to break the record for a women’s match in Great Britain,” Blatter tweeted. “This is fantastic.”
A crowd of more than 30,000 is expected to attend the match.
Blatter also praised the organisers of the men’s and women’s Olympic competitions, including head of the FIFA committee Zhang Jilong.
“Very proud of hard work by the FIFA and LOCOG staff who together are overseeing the organisation of the two Olympic Football Tournaments,” he tweeted.
By INSIDER’s Bob Mackin
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