English Premiership

Reading star in racism protest

2012-10-18 21:32
Jason Roberts (Getty Images)

London - Reading striker Jason Roberts has revealed he will refuse to wear a 'Kick It Out' anti-racism T-shirt during this weekend's English Premier League clash against Liverpool in protest at the rise of racist abuse.

Equality group Kick It Out's annual week of action to highlight the evil of racism in soccer starts on Saturday, but Roberts claims the organisation has not done enough in their response to the John Terry and Luis Suarez incidents.

Roberts, who has also played for Blackburn, Wigan and West Bromwich Albion during his well-travelled career, believes Kick It Out should have pushed for a more severe punishment for Chelsea defender Terry, who was eventually handed a four-match ban by the English Football Association for racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand despite being cleared of the charges in a court case.

"The four-match ban was, for me, not a heavy enough sanction for what happened," Roberts told BBC Sport.

"I'm not happy. Certainly they should have given him a longer ban. The sanction is nowhere near harsh enough."

The Terry controversy came after Liverpool striker Suarez was banned for eight matches for repeatedly hurling racist insults at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season.

The issue of racism came up again on Tuesday when several England players, including Sunderland defender Danny Rose, were racially abused during an Under-21 match in Serbia and Roberts has had enough.

"I find it hard to wear a T-shirt after what has happened in the last year. I won't wear one," Roberts added.

"I'm totally committed to kicking racism out of football but when there's a movement I feel represents the issue in the way that speaks for me and my colleagues, then I will happily support it.

"I think people feel let down by what used to be called 'Let's Kick Racism Out of Football'. People don't feel like they have been strong enough."

Kick It Out chairperson Lord Ouseley admitted he understood Roberts's feelings, but conceded there was little his organisation could do about the punishment for racist abuse.

"He's not been slow in coming forward about this and I respect his views," Ouseley said.

"I can understand his frustrations. If Kick It Out had the power to sort this out then we would have done. Sorry Jason, we don't have that kind of power."

Read more on:    english premiership  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Fixtures
26 December 2014
Chelsea v West Ham United, Stamford Bridge 14:45
Everton v Stoke City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Aston Villa, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Newcastle United, Old Trafford 17:00
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Hull City, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Liverpool, Turf Moor 17:00
Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers, Emirates Stadium 19:30
28 December 2014
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, White Hart Lane 14:00
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 16:05
West Ham United v Arsenal, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Burnley, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Hull City v Leicester City, The KC Stadium 17:00
Aston Villa v Sunderland, Villa Park 17:00
Newcastle United v Everton, St. James' Park 18:15
29 December 2014
Liverpool v Swansea City, Anfield 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.