Garth Crooks has stepped down as a Kick It Out trustee in protest at the appointment of the body’s new chairman.
The former Tottenham forward, who is presently a BBC pundit, felt ex-West Brom forward Brendon Batson should have been chosen instead of Sanjay Bhandari.
Kick It Out has been fallen into fresh turmoil following the retirement of two of its longest-serving trustees in Crooks and Owner, which has revealed deep sharing within the company about how best to combat the rise in racist abuse of black players.
Crooks, 61, reported Kick It Out should be more “player-led” at a time when footballers are being racially abused on and off the pitch.
He was known as the leader of equality and inclusion practices
The Manchester United fan and lawyer had been a member of the Premier League’s Equality Standard Independent Panel for four years and was described by Kick It Out as “a leader of equality, diversity and inclusion practice”.
I do agree that having footballers lead these things is better, as they were the ones who lived through it. But Bhandari does have some pedigree too. Hopefully, Garth comes back to Kick it Out, as it is voicing like his, that has the most impact with fans like us
“We are positive Crooks will remain an important voice in the debate for justice.
Does Sanjay Bhandari’s leadership agree?
“Under our new chair Sanjay Bhandari’s leadership, we remain committed to tackling discrimination in all its forms against players, fans and anyone involved in football.”
“In the meantime, we are focused on continuing to campaign against all forms of discrimination in football – at every level of the game.”