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Kick It Out appoint Sanjay Bhandari, equality expert and Man Utd fan, as new chair | Football News

“I’m passionate about helping football to be a game where people of all backgrounds feel welcome and include,” says Sanjay Bhandari

Last Updated: 12/09/19 2:47pm

Sanjay Bhandari is the new chair of Kick It Out

Sanjay Bhandari is the new chair of Kick It Out

Sanjay Bhandari is the new chair of Kick It Out

Equality expert and Manchester United fan Sanjay Bhandari has been confirmed as the new chair of football’s anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out.

Bhandari – who worked for 15 years as a lawyer before moving into leadership and advisory roles – succeeds Lord Ouseley, who founded the organisation back in 1993.

“I am absolutely delighted to join the Board of Kick It Out as its Chair,” said Bhandari.

“I’ve been a football fan all of my life and a vocal advocate for inclusion. I am passionate about helping football to be a game where people of all backgrounds feel welcome and included from the terraces to the pitch, to the boardroom.

“I feel honoured to have the opportunity to build on the team’s great work over many years, and look forward to setting out my vision for equality in football in the months ahead.”

Bhandari succeeds Lord Ouseley as chair of the anti-discrimination organisation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 Bhandari succeeds Lord Ouseley as chair of the anti-discrimination organisation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018

Bhandari succeeds Lord Ouseley as chair of the anti-discrimination organisation, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018

On their new appointment, Kick It Out said: “An active and recognised leader of equality, diversity and inclusion practice, Sanjay has been a member of the Premier League’s Equality Standard Independent Panel for four years.

“He is part of the Government-sponsored Parker review into the ethnic diversity of UK boards.

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Earlier this month, PFA Equality Education executive Jason Lee told Sky Sports News he thinks racism on social media has reached crisis point

Earlier this month, PFA Equality Education executive Jason Lee told Sky Sports News he thinks racism on social media has reached crisis point

“For three consecutive years from 2017, he was named as one of Financial Times’ EMpower 100 ethnic minority leaders and in 2016, as one of the top 100 most influential BAME people in business in the inaugural Upstanding Executive Power List.

“Sanjay is excited to take on the role and is ready to build and expand on the hugely important work Kick It Out has been doing to campaign for equality in football for more than 25 years.”

Chelsea's Tammy Abraham was abused online after missing the decisive penalty for Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in August Chelsea's Tammy Abraham was abused online after missing the decisive penalty for Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in August

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham was abused online after missing the decisive penalty for Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in August

Bhandari’s appointment comes following a series of incidents of racist abuse directed towards Premier League and EFL players at the start of this season.

Tammy Abraham, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Mohamed Salah are among those who have been targeted so far during the 2019/20 campaign.

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In August, Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend discussed the problem of racist abuse, after Abraham was targeted on social media

In August, Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend discussed the problem of racist abuse, after Abraham was targeted on social media

Kick It Out recently met with Twitter for the first time, with the majority of the abusive incidents having occurred on the social media site.

The organisation also urged the Football Association and clubs to act after a spate of cases marred the opening weekend of the EFL season.

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