Tony Burnett has talked about his plans as Kick It Out’s new chief executive.
has started his job as
Kick It Out’s
new chief executive at the beginning of the month. Now he has talked about his approach as the CEO of the organization in an interview with PA news agency.
“It feels like we’ve gone backwards over the last 20 years. A lot of people I know are completely against discrimination and have supported me – physically and verbally – when I’ve been abused in different parts of my life.
“But they’re confused now when it comes to talking about discrimination. They’re told certain words they can’t use, they’re told certain groups they are supposed to support and others they’re not supposed to support.
“To be honest, as an organization, we’re not interested in any of that stuff.
“If you’re anti-discrimination and you believe that every human being is of equal value and has the right to belong in the football sphere, we want to work with you. We’re not interested in what badges you support, what labels you support, as long as you’re against discrimination, we want to work with you.
“One of the big things we want to see change is the removal of fear – human beings who are against discrimination having an open conversation about the things that need to change.”