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  New plan to tackle footie racism
Updated 02 April 2004, 10.56
There is a new plan to kick out racism
The Football Association and the police hope a new campaign will get rid of racism in school and amateur football.

People playing in local leagues and schools will be told racist behaviour will be treated seriously by police.

The scheme will start in south-east London and if it works well, will be spread to other parts of the UK.

Around 10,000 cards will be handed out to players and fans telling them racist abuse on the pitch is unacceptable, illegal and will be acted upon.

Detective chief superintendent Adrian Maybanks said: "I recognize the impact that racist comments can have on people's lives.

"It is unacceptable for any players at any level of sport to have to suffer this kind of abuse. We need you to tell us what is going on. "

Victims are being urged to report incidents to an FA hotline: 0800 085 0508.

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