Jason Roberts set to snub ‘Kick It Out’ racism campaign

Reading striker Jason Roberts will not wear a ‘Kick It Out’ T-shirt in protest at what he perceives to be the campaign group’s lack of action in combating racism in football.


Kick It Out’s annual week of action starts on Thursday and players have traditionally worn shirts promoting it.


But referring to incidents involving John Terry and Luis Suarez, Roberts told BBC Sport: “I won’t wear one.


“I find it hard to wear a T-shirt after what happened last year.”

Chelsea captain Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match at Loftus Road on 23 October, 2011.

Liverpool striker Suarez received an eight-match ban and £40,000 fine for the same offence against Manchester United’s Patrice Evra following a Premier League game on 15 October, 2011.

Roberts added: “I’m totally committed to kicking racism out of football but when there’s a movement I feel represents the issue in the way that speaks for me and my colleagues, then I will happily support it.

“I think people feel let down by what used to be called ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’.”

On Terry’s apology on Thursday, Roberts said it was “a year too late”.

He also feels the Football Association were lenient in their punishment of the former England skipper.

“The four-match ban was, for me, not a heavy enough sanction for what happened,” said Roberts.

“I’m not happy. Certainly they should have given him a longer ban. The sanction is nowhere near harsh enough.”