‘Sweden a good model in tackling racism’

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Former Goteborg and FC Rosengard defender Anita Asante says Sweden is a good model in tackling racism and England can learn from that.

She described Sweden as proactive in tackling racism in the game after spending six years in the country playing for both Goteborg and FC Rosengard before returning to England last year to play for WSL side Chelsea.

Asante says she believes in Sweden’s transparency and ability to openly tackle and talk about the issue that is something England can learn from.

“I definitely felt the clubs were proactive in tackling homophobia and racism,” she was quoted as saying.

“They would not only bring the topic up to make it a talking point, but they would work with other entities within the community to address the issue.”

She added Sweden are a nation that is used to taking immigrants in, particularly refugees from different countries over the generations and have actively used sport as a tool for integration within society with players happy to share their back stories to help others feel secure and know how to deal with things themselves.

“We as a nation have a lot of diversity and I think we need to think on the same level as Sweden. We can definitely take some best practices from them and try to implement them over here.”

“It was not always an elaborate thing, sometimes it was the small things like having the corner flag as a Pride flag or having the team march in Pride,” she added.

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