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Report: 'Church still struggling with racism'

A chaplain to the Queen claimed she has been a victim of racism within the Church of England. The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who became the first black female chaplain to the House of Commons, asked why more people of minority ethnic backgrounds were not in leadership roles within the church.

I've had people who did not want me to do a funeral. I can smile because it's their sheer ignorance - I feel sorry for them. I know that it's not about me, it's about them. We have been encouraging people to stand and people have been putting themselves forward and have not been elected. I think there is a level of racism around that.

Ms Hudson-Wilkin, who was born and brought up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, made the comments in an interview with The Times.


FA unveils new plan to combat football racism

A crisis meeting was held after the spat between Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra (right). Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

The Football Association has unveiled a new "collective" plan to combat all forms of discrimination in the English game following recent racism scandals in the Premier League.

The Anti-Discrimination Action Plan was born out of a Downing Street summit, held after the high-profile spat that saw Liverpool striker Luis Suarez fined £40,000 and banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

February's meeting was attended by the football authorities, former players, campaign groups and the Prime Minister. Since then, Chelsea captain John Terry has also been banned for four games and fined £220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Announcing the new plan today, FA Chairman David Bernstein said eradicating discrimination "continues to be a top priority for me."

He said the new plan shows a "collective commitment" on behalf of English football to making the game "inclusive and free of discrimination."

Football racism inquiry after heated exchange

Northumbria Police confirmed they had received a complaint in the wake of City's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle this afternoon.

It is understood 27-year-old Serbia international Kolarov became involved in a lengthy exchange with a supporter carrying an Albania flag as he warmed up on the sidelines during the game.

Swansea supporter arrested for racist gesture

Swansea City confirmed one of their supporters has been arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture towards Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong during their 4-3 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

The incident took place after Robert Snodgrass had scored Norwich's fourth goal from a free-kick in the 77th minute.

Bassong, who had scored earlier in the game, went to celebrate with his team-mates but quickly motioned to referee Howard Webb that he believed he had been the victim of a racist gesture

Police investigating alleged racist gesture aimed at West Brom striker

West Brom's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the Premier League match at Sunderland. Credit: PA

Police are investigating reports that a racist gesture was aimed at West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku by a fan at a Premier League match at Sunderland on Saturday.

Pictures appeared to show a man making monkey gestures at Lukaku, who is black.

The Northumbria Police force said it is "carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland vs. West Brom match on Saturday."


Six arrested over 'abusive' banner at football match

Six people have been arrested over a banner, which reportedly attacked a footballer who was racially abused by a Millwall fan, police said.

The banner was unfurled in a Millwall section of the Lion's New Den ground during their 2-1 win against Derby County.

Bolton striker Marvin Sordell, was abused by fans while warming up for his side's game at the East London club's stadium on 6 October.

A 13-year-old boy was banned from the ground.

40% say racism in football is widespread, poll suggests

Britons think that racism is widespread in national football, and a majority feel it will be impossible to eradicate it completely, according to a poll.

Birmingham City's Curtis Davies wears a One Game Community 'Kick it Out' anti-racism campaign t-shirt during warm-up Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

After incidents involving Chelsea's John Terry, Liverpool's Luis Suarez and now alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg, the survey revealed four out of ten respondents agreed that racism is widespread in English football, an increase on 31 percent from June 2012.

57 percent said it would be impossible to eliminate racism from football but nearly two thirds (62 percent) said harsher penalties for racist behaviour would reduce the number of racist incidents, according to the ComRes poll for the Sunday Mirror.

After Mark Clattenburg was accused of using "inappropriate language" by Chelsea during last week's match against Manchester United, 62 percent of respondents said referees' conversations with players should be recorded.

Ferdinands' 'committed to working with football's existing organisations'

On the issue of Kick it Out, we would like to go on record to say what fantastic work they have done in the past regarding education and awareness.

However, times change and organisations need to change with them. We are more than happy to join the discussion, privately, to make Kick it Out more relevant in its fight to stamp out racism in football.

Although we have been left disappointed by the PFA and the FA's actions over the last year, as a family, we are committed to working with football's existing organisations towards the betterment of the game and to achieve immediate action.

– Rio and Anton Ferdinand
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