Blue Rubicon to lead Kick It Out survey of football fans

Anti-racism campaign Kick It Out has appointed Blue Rubicon to lead the UK's largest ever consultation into prejudice in football.

Kick It Out: ambassadors Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe
Kick It Out: ambassadors Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe

The Kick It Out campaign has brought in the agency to launch a nationwide consultation of fans on how far the game has come, and how far it has to go, in addressing discriminatory attitudes.

Kick It Out was first established in 1993 by the Football Association, Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association.

The game's reputation has suffered over the past year, with former England captain John Terry and Liverpool's Luis Suarez receiving FA fines and bans over racist abuse, while last night saw claims that the England under-21 squad was racially abused by Serbian fans and players.

The consultation will seek to establish the views of fans and players, with a focus on social media as a number of players have been racially abused on Twitter.

It will also address how to improve reporting of abusive behaviour and enforcement.

The process launches during Kick It Out's annual One Game, One Community two weeks of action, which opens this Thursday. A report is expected to be produced as a blueprint for action next year.

The retained account, which will last until Kick it Out's 20th anniversary in 2013, will be jointly led by Blue Rubicon director Neil Daugherty and associate director Ben Lewis.

Roisin Wood, director of Kick It Out, said: ‘Kick It Out's campaigning and education work underpins all the organisation's output, from grassroots to elite level. Blue Rubicon can assist in this area as they have a proven track record as effective campaigners on high profile campaigns that challenge perception and make a real difference.’

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