Lord Ouseley to stand down as chairman of anti-racism charity Kick It Out after 25 years

11 Dec

Lord Ouseley is to stand down as the chairman of anti-racism and discrimination charity Kick It Out.

The 73-year-old former chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, founded the organisation in August 1993.

Ouseley has served Kick It Out since he founded the organisation 25 years ago

The charity confirmed his intention to quit, with a media release expected to be distributed later on Tuesday.

Speaking in August on the 25th anniversary of the organisation’s founding, Ouseley admitted removing discrimination from football is a task which would never be completed.

He also hinted he was preparing to retire.

He said in August: “There does come a time and I think that time will come certainly within the next 12 months.

“(But) I’ve been here before when I’ve said to people I’ll probably be gone in six months’ time and I’m still here.”

This time it appears Ouseley will quit, just a few days after the latest incident which required comment from Kick It Out when Raheem Sterling was allegedly abused during his Manchester City side’s Premier League match at Chelsea last Saturday.