By Chris Wright
Anti-racism charity Kick It Out have revealed that the contract David Villa signed when he joined Barcelona last month included a ground-breaking ‘anti-discrimination’ clause, that the organisation hope will now be included in every future deal made within professional football.
The clause stipulates that; ‘The player will not express or carry out, in any form, discriminatory ideas or acts, either during football games or in any club duties. The club will strongly condemn any discriminatory or racist act according to the agreement.’
Barca themselves have already vowed to insert the clause into all of their future contacts, with club president Joan Laporta confirming;
“It is the first time that a contract has been signed with an anti-racism clause included as introduced by the European Club Association, from now on we will include it in all new contracts.”
Director of Kick It Out, Piara Powar, described the move as ‘symbolic’, and has indicated he wants to see more of the same, saying:
“To have this clause within the contract of elite performers like David Villa sends out a categorical message.”
Not that a legal caveat should be needed to prevent prejudice – but, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a step in the right direction.
Now, if only Kick It Out could ensure that all the hate-spewing racist ‘fans’ worldwide have to sign similar documents upon entry to games…