The English Football Association has established a Committee to develop a clear, all-agency strategy in a bid to tackle Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Football.
Chaired by John Mann MP and Lord Triesman, Chairman of the FA, the report will look at 6 key areas: refereeing, policing, stewarding, monitoring of incidents, reporting and sanctions of incidents and wider community engagement and involvement.
Sitting on the Committee, Kawsar Zaman, Vice-Chair of the MCB's Youth Committee yesterday met with John Mann MP to discuss some of the key issues affecting Muslims in Football in particular on incidents of Islamophobia as well as the need for wider community engagement. Mr Zaman said `the committee is very important in tackling Islamophobia in Football especially in light of the Mido incident which vividly illustrated Islamophobia at work. The FA has shown great leadership in the Committees establishment and I look forward to working very closely to stamp Islamophobia out of Football at all levels.'
Other organisations on the board include: the Muslim Women Sports Foundation, Board of Deputies of British Jews, PFA, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, National Association of Muslim Police, FA Board Race and Equality Advisory Group, UK Football Policing Unit, the Football Foundation and the League Manager's Association.
The Committee will be producing the high-profile and wide ranging report in early September 2009 and is currently seeking submissions from Muslim individuals and organisations from across England with regards to recommendations for wider Muslim community engagement and incidents of Islamophobia at all level in Football.
For Submissions or for more information:
The Muslim Council of Britain,
PO Box 57330,
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079