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Kick It Out honoured with historic footage

The English Football Association marked the 25th anniversary of equality and inclusion body Kick It Out by screening in black and white the first 25 seconds of a recent England friendly.


The FA honoured Kick It Out’s 25th anniversary by broadcasting the first 25 seconds of the recent international friendly between England and Switzerland in black and white. Viewers tuning into the live coverage on Sky Sports saw the teams enter the pitch in black and white, before the footage switched back to full colour. It was the first time in almost half a century that the Three Lions had been shown in this format.

The historic footage was commissioned by The FA in recognition of Kick It Out’s landmark anniversary and to acknowledge the impact the organisation has made in tackling racism and all forms of discrimination in the game since 1993. It follows The FA’s recent launch of its In Pursuit of Progress plan, which is part of the association’s commitment to ensuring that the diversity of those leading and governing football better reflects what is seen on the pitch in the modern game. The plan will deliver initiatives focusing primarily on gender and ethnicity across The FA’s general workforce and leadership roles, including coaching staff across the England teams.

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out, said: “We at Kick It Out are delighted with this gesture in recognition of our work to make football a better sport for all across the last 25 years. We hope the footage will be a powerful reminder of how far football has come in the last 25 years to make the a game a more open and diverse place – welcoming to all regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”  

This article was originally published in UEFA Direct 181