Below we reproduce a letter by the IRR’s A. Sivanandan, published in the Guardian on the recent controversy surrounding the charity Kick it Out.
At a time when the far right is on the rise in Britain and in Europe, and fascism chooses the football field for its recruiting grounds, Kick it Out has done yeoman service in raising the awareness of football fans and the public in general to the obscenity that is racism in sport. And it has provided the springboard from which the self-organisation of black footballers could take off. As the old saying has it, if you kick the stool from under your feet, you hang yourself.
Director, Institute of Race Relations
Read the letter in the Guardian here