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Former Chelsea star Graham Le Saux and former Coventry striker Dion Dublin help FA launch new anti-discrimination videos

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The FA has braced referees throughout football for a rise in complaints of abusive language after launching a new video campaign aimed at stopping discrimination in the game.

The content of the four animated films encourages players and supporters stamp out any kind of discrimination in the game, whether it be racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism or any other kind of abusive behaviour.

Former England internationals Dion Dublin and Graeme Le Saux are part of the films, as is the work of celebrated artist Paul Trevillion.

Speaking on the campaign, Le Saux said:  "When discrimination takes place at any level of the game, we need to ensure we can take positive action. The best means of ensuring that is to encourage players and supporters to report it."

"These films will help explain to players and supporters both the importance of reporting discrimination and highlight the many ways in which they can do so."

The FA have emphasised that the films are aimed at all levels of football, not just the Premier League and professional game, but amateur matches all the way down to juniors.

"Whether it be on the playing fields in your local park, or surrounded by thousands of people at a top-flight game, discrimination has no place in football," said the FA.

"The use of any threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour in reference to a person's ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or disability is completely unacceptable."

The FA has also introduced a mandatory five-match suspension and education programme for people found guilty of discriminatory abuse under FA Rule E3.

This ban was recently enforced on West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka for his use of the 'quenelle' gesture last year, which has led to his sacking by the club.

Other high profile incidents include the likes of John Terry, who was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was banned for the same offence against Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

 

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