William hails anti-racism move

The Duke of Cambridge said tonight there is "sadly more work to do" to stop racism in football. Speaking at a gala dinner to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, Prince William praised organisations' attempt to stop discrimination.

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Prince William hails anti-racism football campaign

The Duke of Cambridge said tonight there is "sadly more work to do" to stop racism in football.

Speaking at a gala dinner to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, Prince William praised the organisations attempting to remove discrimination from the game.

"I am proud of the work of Kick it Out, which is also celebrating an anniversary - its 20th - this year," said the royal, who is also the president of the association.

Duke of Cambridge, the president of the Football Association, speaks at anniversary gala.

"There is sadly more work to do, but it is heartening to see how seriously the FA takes stamping the blight of racism and discrimination out of football."

His comments came after Manchester City's Yaya Toure complained of fans making monkey noises during his team's midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow in Russia.

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Is George next in line to be famous Aston Villa fan?

Prince William's ambition to persuade his son George to follow Aston Villa could see the future King join a powerful set of supporters of the Midlands team.

Prince William apparently started supporting Villa at Eton. His role as FA president saw him meet then-Villa winger Ashley Young in 2009. Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
Prime Minister David Cameron has also been spotted in the stands for several of Villa's away matches in London in recent seasons. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport
Former Bank of England governor Sir Mervyn King is a regular at Villa Park and sat next to then-England manager Fabio Capello in 2011. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Read: Prince William vows to take George to Villa Park

FA to celebrate 150th anniversary at London event

The Duke of Cambridge will help the FA celebrate their 150th anniversary today.
The Duke of Cambridge will help the FA celebrate their 150th anniversary today. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Today marks 150 years since the Founding Fathers of football met to form the Football Association (FA) and create the laws of football.

The FA will host a gala dinner in London this evening to celebrate and will be joined by the Duke of Cambridge and footballing legends from around the world.

Read: Prince William reveals love for football in FA message

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Prince William reveals love for football in FA message

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed his love for football and spoken of the game's global importance in a special message to mark the Football Association's (FA) 150th anniversary.

In the video address, Prince William, who is President of the FA, added that he is looking forward to watching the team he supports, Aston Villa, with his son George in the future.

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