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EFL clubs to support KIO Week of Action

28 March 2019

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EFL Clubs will support Kick It Out's Week of Action, demonstrating the League's ongoing commitment to equality and inclusion across all areas of the game.

Sheffield United continue to support the work of Kick it Out and are happy to promote the 'Weeks of Action' between 30th March and 8th April 2019 to mark their anniversary.

For the last 25 years Kick It Out has been at the heart of the drive towards equality, inclusion and cohesion for everyone who plays, watches or works in football.

Matches played during the Week of Action will feature the captains wearing Kick It Out armbands and a pennant exchange as well as the EFL and its Clubs supporting the anti-discrimination message across their channels.

The Checkatrade Trophy Final between Portsmouth and Sunderland will also be dedicated to the Week of Action with the Wembley Arch being lit in Kick It Out colours, LED and big screen messaging and the captain's also wearing the Kick It Out armbands.

Underpinned by the EFL's Code of Practice and Equality Standard, EFL Clubs have made an important difference across the last 25 years by challenging and reporting discriminatory behaviour and practices, delivering role models, both on and off the pitch and introducing initiatives to broaden the diversity of the workforce.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: "Progress continues to be made in tackling all forms of discrimination across every level of the game but, clearly, it is evident from a number of recent high-profile and distasteful incidents at matches at home and abroad that racism remains an issue society needs to address and football can play its part.

"Over the last 25 years Kick It Out has made a significant contribution to the ongoing fight for inclusivity across the game and those efforts have supported and supplemented by the work of the EFL which include the introduction of the Code of Practice, the BAME recruitment code and other EFL-wide initiatives such as Enjoy the Match.

"We will continue to work with Clubs, Kick It Out and other football bodies at such an important time, to ensure the EFL remains visible and committed to promoting a fully welcoming, diverse and inclusive environment for supporters, players, staff and within wider communities."

Sheffield United had its designated game for Kick it Out for this season back in October.

Everyone attending or taking part in a football match has the right to feel safe, valued and included and we encourage supporters to continue to play their part in this. If you witness racist behaviour at a match or around a stadium, please report it to the police or a steward. You can also report racism by using the Kick It Out reporting app or website via this link: kickitout.org/forms/online-reporting-form

Let's kick racism and discrimination out of football - together.

Twitter: @kickitout · Facebook: @kickitoutofficial · Instagram: @kickitout · Website: www.kickitout.org


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