Rangers star's abuse sparks Scottish FA board expansion during 'worrying time'
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Scottish FA respond to abuse of Rangers star with expanded Equality board

The Scottish FA have finally responded to the shameful scenes at Ibrox on Thursday night which saw Rangers star Glen Kamara racially abused with the SFA making a number of new appointments to their Scottish FA’s Equality and Diversity Advisory Board.

Livingston midfielder Marvin Bartley and former Scotland midfielder Leanne Ross will join the EDAB as SFA Equality Representatives as chief executive Ian Maxwell offered support and guidance to any players suffering similar abuse – with Tony Higgins (PFA Scotland), Jordan Allison (Show Racism the Red Card), Maureen McGonigle (Scottish Women in Sport) and Sirri Topping (LEAP Sports) also joining the board.

Rangers midfielder Kamara has become the centre of a renewed push to eradicate racism from football with Maxwell admitting that “more needs to be done”

“The incident involving Glen Kamara at Ibrox last week demonstrates that society and football still has a lot of work to do to eradicate racism,” Maxwell said. [Scottish FA]


“Scottish football’s response shows the commitment to change and EDAB exists to be an agency for change, bringing consensus from across the game on all matters of equality and diversity.

“After witnessing the scenes last Thursday, we contacted Rangers immediately through our equality team to offer our support and guidance through a range of services and we aim to continue that dialogue with any club directly affected by these issues.

“Scottish football has helped raise awareness of the issue of racism by taking the knee throughout the season but there is an acknowledgment that more needs to be done than a gesture of support, especially in the increasing scourge of racist abuse to players via social media.

“Through our EDAB discussions we will explore ways of implementing meaningful change with players at the centre of those discussions.”

UEFA are investigating the scenes at the end of the Europa League clash last Thursday and Rangers have shared messages of support from around the world of football.

Former Rangers defender Fraser Wishart is now chairman of PFA Scotland and called the abuse of Kamara simply the latest incident in a “worrying time” for football, saying: “Along with Show Racism the Red Card, the players union has been at the forefront of the fight against racism and discrimination for over 20 years. The fight against inequality and social injustice is even more prominent and important today than it was when our President Tony Higgins, who will represent us on EDAB, helped form Show Racism the Red Card those many years ago.

“The racist abuse suffered by Glen Kamara last Thursday is just the latest incident in what has been a worrying time for our game and indeed society as a whole. There is no place for racism and discrimination in football or any walk of life. Our game has been blighted by the shadow of racism for too long and it has to stop – enough is enough.

 Glen Kamara takes a knee (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“The players have shown togetherness with their actions this season, be that by Taking A Knee or making a stand with Glen as they did at the weekend, and are determined to play their part and make their voices heard. They want action and they want change. Awareness and education are key and have never been more crucial as we look to rid our game of the scourge that is racism.”

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