Kompany speaks out in new role
– Belgian defender Vincent Kompany believes racism in soccer can be truly tackled only when there is diversity in the boardroom.
The former Manchester City captain said talk of stadium closures and bans for supporters was a red herring and the real issue was in the offices of soccer federations and clubs.
“If you go through the entire landscape of football ... every single board, every single management room will have no diversity,” he said. “There’s no representation whatsoever... As much as zero percent in most of those boardrooms.”
European football has been plagued by cases of racism with high-profile incidents in Italy, England, the Netherlands and Bulgaria in the past few months.
Kompany is a member of FIFPro’s new Global Player Council, which is designed to give players a greater voice. –