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Chelsea to take lead in early kick off

In a week John Terry has accepted his punishment for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match at Loftus Road on 23 October, 2011 and has been fined by the Football Association and begins a ban for four matches in the early kick off at White Hart Lane against Spurs his fellow professional should come together to kick racism out of football by wearing specially made tee-shirts.

Chelsea have also sanctioned Terry and the Blues Captain has publically apologised so it is ironic that Reading striker Jason Roberts has decided not to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt in today's fixture in support of his fellow professionals.

Roberts said he will not wear the T-shirt in protest at what he perceives to be the campaign group's lack of action in combating racism in football. A view criticised by leading figures in the game including Sir Alex Ferguson and Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley.

"I think everyone should be united. I don't know what point he's trying to make," said Ferguson.

"He really should be supporting all the other players who are doing it."

Players have traditionally worn shirts promoting the work of the anti-discrimination group, but Roberts is reported on BBC Sport that he will not wear one.

Given the recent incidents in Serbia with the U21 England side facing monkey calls as reported on Sky Sports it is time for the FA, PFA and LMA to say once and for all we do not accept racism in the game and players should walk off the pitch when it occurs as the majority of supporters will make their views known the minority that infect the game.             

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