The Irish Football Association (IFA) is stepping up their fight against racism in Northern Irish football. IFA staff, referees, coaches and players are to attend a training day in Belfast; at a time when racist and homophobic attacks are on the rise in Northern Ireland.
IFA President, Jim Boyce, has given his full backing to the training event,
“We all have a responsibility to challenge racism. The IFA is committed to ensuring that football in Northern Ireland continues to play its part in the fight against racism.”
The IFA’s Football For All project has been operational since June 2000 and has the aim of making the sport more inclusive. Previously they have held an anti-racism month, a “Say no to racism” advertising campaign and football tournaments that bring together the local community with minority groups. The project has the support of UEFA, the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, Sports Council Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.