Kom­pany speaks out in new role

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Brussels

– 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. –

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