The Football Association was last night under pressure to reveal its “ethnicity pay gap” after it published figures showing women working there earned 23.2 per cent less on average last year than men.
Lord Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, called for the FA to go further than its statutory duty in disclosing its gender pay gap by also making public its “disability pay gap”.
Declaring that football’s anti-discrimination watchdog was “pleased” to see the governing body reveal the difference in the average pay of its male and female employees, Ouseley said: “We also hope the FA will follow in the footsteps of the Mayor of London and make public their ethnicity pay gap data, as well as their disability pay gap. Once published, we look forward to seeing the steps the governing body will take to close all three pay gaps.”
All UK employers with a workforce larger than 250 are required to produce a gender pay report. The FA report claims its mean average figures for 2017 were skewed by “a small number of very senior male employees”, which would include England manager Gareth Southgate. It adds: “We cannot eliminate the pay gap completely whilst our most high profile coaching jobs are filled by men and are understandably having a significant impact on our gender pay position.”
Meanwhile, Tracey Crouch, the sports minister, has joined the chorus of concern about the introduction of video assistant referees on the eve of their expected approval for use throughout football.
The game’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board, meets in Zurich on Saturday, with VAR being the main item on the agenda. IFAB is expected to vote to adopt VAR, making it almost certain the Fifa Council will sanction VAR’s use at the World Cup in Russia this summer when it meets in Colombia later this month.
However, the use of VAR in English football has been criticised, with fans, such as those at Spurs’ win over Rochdale, claiming delays are too long and fans are left in the dark. Agreeing with those concerns, Crouch tweeted: “VAR in football should learn from rugby and cricket where fans can share the viewing experience. Keeping fans in the dark for two mins like at Spurs this week is bad for the pace and passion of football.”