Can the 'Rooney Rule' reduce racism in football?

Martin Glenn has announced the FA are to introduce a version of the Rooney Rule

Martin Glenn has announced the FA are to introduce a version of the Rooney Rule

English Football League clubs agreed to introduce their own version of the "Rooney Rule" from 1 January but the same measure has been applied to roles in their academies since June.

The "Rooney Rule" dictates that sporting authorities - in this case within football - must interview a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicant when recruiting for senior coaching positions.

The FA moved quickly to qualify Glenn's remarks, insisting he does not consider anything allegedly said by former England women's coach Mark Sampson - or any of his staff - to be "banter".

The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, former owner of American football's Pittsburgh Steelers, and was adopted across the NFL before spreading to sports around the world.

Kick It Out chair Lord Ouseley believes the FA's proposals represent a big step towards making football "a game inclusive for all".

Asked about the review of the culture surrounding the England women's team, Glenn added: "I think culturally what women will be prepared to put up with has been a bit different from guys".

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said on Tuesday that a BAME candidate would be interviewed for all England coaching jobs in the future as part of plans aimed at improving inclusivity within English soccer's governing body.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, Glenn had the following to say about his plans with Southgate now locked into a contract until 2020 and backed to stay on however England fare at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation this summer. Our grievance and whistleblowing procedures are common across men's and women's teams. But I think more subtly we did not have the right climate in place for people to feel they could raise their concerns easily.

As a result, the organization will hold interviews with at least one applicant from minority ethnic backgrounds.

In a statement yesterday, Glenn said: "The initiatives and investments announced illustrate how committed the FA is to becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation".

Senior executives at the FA apologised to England women's players Eni Aluko and Drew Spence and admitted serious failings within the organisation in front of a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee a year ago.

Its origins can be first traced to 2002 when Tony Dungy and Dennis Green were fired as coaches of National Football League teams the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings.

Glenn said there would be a 38 per cent increase in money going back into the game, with that figure rising to £180million per year, with an extra £9m from that pot going into grassroots.

"But I think it's fair to say is what we've seen is there are probably some differences in what they would expect to hear or say".

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