Ex-Saint Graeme Le Saux part of new group to increase inclusion in football

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FORMER Saints defender Graeme Le Saux is part of a 10-strong group aiming to increase inclusion in football.

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts is to head the group, which will be known as the Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) and which will first meet next month.

As well as providing guidance on equality within the game, the IAB will also monitor the delivery of Football's Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan for 2013-2017.

The IAB aims to widen diversity in the sport as well as clarify anti-discrimination regulations and sanctions.

Rabbatts said in a statement: “This group is vital for meeting the future aims and ambitions of a modern FA.

“We believe that we have a breadth of representation, skills and experiences that will give direction and guidance for the game."

Rabbatts will be joined by ex-Saint Le Saux and ex-Derby player Michael Johnson.

The remaining members of the group are Shelley Alexander, co-founder of Women in Football, which seeks to support females working in football, and Joyce Cook, the founding managing director of the Centre for access to Football in Europe (CAFE) and Chair of Level Playing Field (LPF).

Rimla Akhtar, chair of the Muslim Women Sports Foundation since 2005, and FA Council member Thura Win also join the panel.

Rishi Jain is Kick It Out Football League Clubs Development Officer, Edward Lord OBE is the chair of the London FA Inclusion Advisory Group with Peter Clayton an FA Council member.

The Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan for 2013-2017 aims to tackle under-representation as well as creating clarity around regulations and sanctions related to discriminatory behaviour.

There will also be encouragement of reporting and handling of discrimination and increasing the understanding and awareness of equality and inclusion.

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