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Football: Racism - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 15th October 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Labour 3:08 pm, 15th October 2019

My Lords, we have to be careful that we do not become too complacent. Those of us who continue to love football, who go to matches even when they are terrible, know that this is still an issue in this country. We have none the less the richest league in the world—the Premier League—and it could and should be doing far more, influencing what is going on internationally but also working not just through Premier League clubs but throughout the Football League, with grass-roots clubs that are struggling to survive and do not have the money for education and training programmes and so on. Is it not about time that the Government made it clear to groups such as the Premier League that they have a responsibility and cannot let us down by pushing it off?