PFA chief Carlisle criticises lack of anti-racism support

In a strongly-worded statement, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has heavily criticised players who refused to promote anti-racism last season by not wearing ‘Kick It Out’ T-shirts during warm-ups, ITV Sport has reported.

Rio and Anton Ferdinand, who have both been involved in racism cases, were among the more high profile players to boycott the shirts, while Reading striker Jason Roberts and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott also declined to take part as they felt that Kick It Out was not doing enough to stamp out the problem of racism.

Carlisle states in his new autobiography that he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ at the action taken by the stars, who reacted negatively to the lenient punishments handed out to the likes of John Terry and Luis Suarez, after the FA found both guilty of making racist comments.

In extracts that have published in the Daily Mail, Carlisle added: “Kick It Out is one of few bodies doing something positive about the issue, but there are some who evidently feel it is not doing enough.

Rio and Anton Ferdinand were among a group of high-profile abstainers along with Joleon Lescott, who has not worn one since Newcastle’s Turkish midfielder Emre was cleared of racially abusing his Everton team-mate Joseph Yobo, and Jason Roberts.

At least Jason was vocal about his reasons. I don’t mind people disagreeing but at least say why.

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