Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Roberts urges zero-tolerance stance on racism

Roberts urges zero-tolerance stance on racism

Reading striker Jason Roberts has once again spoke about the current racism issue in football, arguing that more needs to be done to prevent such discrimination.

The 34-year old has been in the media spotlight concerning racism in previous months, refusing to wear the 'Kick it out' T-shirt in a warm up against Liverool in September, which received heavy criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson, despite defender Rio Ferdinand taking the same stance. However, Roberts feels that organisation such as Kick it out, are failing to do enough to prevent such scandalous behaviour from fans.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Jason said: 'All of the various organisations, the police, the FA, the PFA, the clubs, should all take responsibility. It's interesting hearing people say the players have to do more. What about the police, the stewards, the FA? We need to have a proper zero-tolerance message and when these things happen we need to be pro-active, we can't be reactionary about this.'

'When we find these isolated incidents we need to hit the offending clubs or individuals hard and I don't think that's been done in the past. The FA has come out with an action plan but there is nothing in that plan to make me believe we are going to change this situation. There has to be the strongest possible sanctions and if that means games getting stopped I think people will start getting their house in order.'

'If players need to walk off the pitch then that's what it takes. It's a sad thing that players are being looked at to drive this but if the organisations will not do anything about it then the players have to. It has to be dealt with in a proper manner. If games are stopped I guarantee you things will start moving quicker than they are now.'


Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Josh
Date:Wednesday February 13 2013
Time: 1:00PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Reading host Bournemouth in final Pre-Season friendly

Bournemouth come to town for our final Pre-Season friendly and Jaap Stam's first game in front of the home fans.

I'm expecting a pretty much full strength starting line up tonight ready for o

Behaviour Rules - Some Initial Reaction

Various rules on what is and isn't acceptable are being rolled out this season in an attempt to reduce 'intolerable behaviour' towards match day officials. What's the initial reaction?

Premier League International Cup Groups Drawn

With the announcement of an expanded Premier League International Cup for this season...

New Rules For 2016/17 - Reminder

With only a few weeks to go until proper football returns following our (again) unsuccessful...

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

thurlow97
Editor email
Profile
Josh
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What Striker do you want to see here?
Suggested By:
Dom Solanke9%
Lewis Grabban8%
Jamie Mackie11%
Carlton Cole 7%
Nahki Wells65%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Birmingham 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Blackburn 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Brentford 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Brighton 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Bristol City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Burton 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Huddersfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Leeds Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Preston 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Reading 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Rotherham 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Sheff Wed 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Steve Rocker1