Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley steps down after 25 years in charge of football’s anti-racism body as he reveals he has received hate mail over Raheem Sterling race row
- Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley is to step down after 25 years service
- The decision comes after recent high profile incidents in the Premier League
- Ouseley says he got hate mail following a statement about Raheem Sterling
- The Manchester City player was subjected to racial abuse in Saturday’s match
- Recent annual figures showed an 11 per cent rise in reports of discrimination
Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley steps down from his position as he reveals he received hate mail following treatment of Raheem Sterling at Chelsea.
Ouseley, the former chief executive of the Commission for Racial Equality, set up the organisation and but has now decided to vacate the position after 25 years service.
The decision to step away from the organisation comes after recent high profile incidences where a banana skin was thrown at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling was subjected to racial abuse away at Chelsea.
Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley is set to step down from his position after 25 years
It was revealed last month by Kick It Out that reports of discrimination in English football have risen for the sixth year in a row, with an increase of 11 per cent since last year.
Annual figures showed 520 incidents were reported to the Kick It Out last season across the organisation’s various platforms: social media, the website and the dedicated app for reporting abuse.
That compared to 469 from the season before shows an ongoing trend after there were 402 reports in 2015-16, 393 in 2014-15, 284 in 2013-14 and just 77 in 2012-13.
The organisation’s annual figures showed a rise of 11 per cent in reports of discrimination
The rise in figures, which saw over half of last season’s incidents, 273 (52.5 per cent), involve racism, have seen Ouseley opt to take a step back and allow the organisation a change in leadership.
The 73-year-old has played a key role in English football in trying to stamp out discrimination since establishing the organisation 25 years ago back in 1993.
Discussing setting up the organisation, he said earlier this year: ‘I approached all 92 clubs in the EFL and the newly-formed Premier League to ask them to join in a campaign to tackle the worst excesses of racial abuse, harassment and violence in football.
‘The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) was quick to join with the CRE and the Football Trust (now the Football Foundation) to co-sponsor the project. With more than 50 clubs quickly signing up, the campaign was launched on 12 August 1993, with Gordon Taylor (The PFA), Richard Faulkner (Football Trust) and former professional footballers Paul Elliott and John Fashanu.
‘Four years later, we became Kick It Out to reflect our work tackling all forms of discrimination in football.’
Lord Ouseley, pictured with England manager Gareth Southgate, set up Kick It Out in 1993