England versus Switzerland to be shown in black and white to mark Kick It Out anniversary

England’s match with Switzerland will be broadcast in black and white to mark the 25th anniversary of football’s anti-racism campaign Kick It Out.

Sky Sports will show the first 25 seconds of the international friendly fixture¬†at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in monochrome, marking the first time in half a century that an England match has been broadcast in black and white.

Starting with the teams entering the pitch before the 8pm kick-off, the footage will switch from colour to recognise Kick It Out’s anniversary and the impact the organisation has made in addressing racism and discrimination since 1993.

Paul Elliott, The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board Chairman, said: “Kick It Out have been a catalyst for the change in English football both on and off the pitch and we’re delighted to celebrate their inspirational work in promoting football for all.

“Hopefully the footage will encourage the millions of viewers at home to spend at least 25 seconds thinking about the importance of diversity in this beautiful game of ours.”

The FA has dedicated Tuesday’s fixture between England and Switzerland to Kick It Out with England players showing their support by wearing branded t-shirts in the warm up and entering the pitch with mascots nominated by the organisation.

Kick It Out was then established as a body in 1997 as it widened its objectives to cover all aspects of inequality and exclusion.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, said: “We hope the footage will be a powerful reminder of how far football has come in the last 25 years to make the game a more open and diverse place – welcoming to all regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”

The FA has recently launched it’s ‘In Pursuit of Progress’ plan – a three-year focus designed to ensure better diversity ‘from boot-room to boardroom.’ By 2021 it aims to have 20% of its coaches coming from black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Source – The Telegraph

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