By John Pring in Disability News Service.
Football has “failed disabled people”, and its troubled world governing body must now place disability at the heart of its reform process, according to a leading UK campaigner.
The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFÉ) has written to the committee appointed to reform FIFA – which has been hit by repeated allegations of corruption – raising concerns about the failure of its draft proposals to include any mention of disability.
Joyce Cook (pictured), CAFÉ’s managing director, and David Bernstein, CAFÉ’s chair and former president of The Football Association – English football’s governing body – wrote this week to members of the FIFA reform committee to express their concerns.
Their letter says: “Football is at a crossroads, it has failed disabled people and other minorities at every level of the game and for too long.”
They say the sport worldwide has to become “more accessible and inclusive” to the millions of disabled people who want to enjoy football as spectators, coaches, players, administrators and volunteers.
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