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MPs: 'FA must do more to tackle racism'

The report says the Football Association must take the lead in the fight against racism in football and set a strong example for others to follow. The report recommends:

  • The FA should make it a priority for stewards and club staff to be trained to deal with abuse at club grounds, and to use social media to condemn discrimination.
  • Prosecutions in cases of racial abuse at league and club level are "extremely welcome" but similar efforts should be applied to the grassroots game.
  • More candidates from ethnic minorities should be trained as coaches and referees.
  • Recruitment of managers and directors should be transparent and consistent to encourage greater ethnic diversity.


Report: Racism in football still a significant problem

Racism and discrimination remain a "significant problem" in British football and more must be done to tackle the twin issues, MPs have concluded in a report out today.

UEFA's Say No To Racism advertising boards Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

An inquiry by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee following high-profile incidents last season has made a number of recommendations to stamp out racism in the game.

England Vs Italy: The facts

England have played the four-time World Cup winners Italy on 22 occasions, winning seven. The FA have published ten more facts about the fixture - here's the top five:

  • Italy have won the World Cup four times and the European Championship once – when they hosted the four-team tournament in 1968. They won their semi-final with the Soviet Union on the toss of a coin after a 0-0 draw in Naples!
  • Neither England nor Italy entered the first European Championship in 1958-60, then known as the ‘European Nations Cup’.
  • England and Italy have met on 22 occasions, initially in a Rome friendly in 1933 that finished 1-1. England’s record is won seven, drawn six and lost nine.
  • England have only won one of their last nine matches with Italy, 2-0 in ‘Le Tournoi’ in Nantes 15 years ago.
  • Despite having an Italian manager for four years, England and Italy haven’t played each other since 2002. The Italians edged a friendly 2-1 at Elland Road.
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