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Last updated at 17:12 GMT, Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Racism in football summit


14 February 2012

The British government is to stage a special Downing Street summit on racism in football. The Prime Minister has stepped into the row after a series of high-profile incidents.

Mat Trewern

Manchester United and Liverpool players

Incident with Suarez marked Liverpool and Man United match


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When Liverpool's Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Manchester United's Patrice Evra, the issue of racism in football was back on the front pages. Suarez had just returned from an eight match ban for racially abusing Evra.

Combined with the allegations of racism faced by the former England captain John Terry, it's feared the problem is starting to harm the image of the game in England.

The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC that football should not be complacent when tackling racism. And he confirmed that the Prime Minister will hold talks later this month with football authorities and player representatives.


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topic, subject


poor treatment or violence against people because of their race

on the front pages

one of the main stories in the news


accusations, claims

faced by

which the person will have to deal with

it's feared

people are worried that 

the image

what people think of


satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them


fighting, dealing with


people who act or speak for another person or group