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To: Richard Masters – CEO of Premier League, Mark Bullingham – CEO of Football Association

Petition text

Cases of football players suspected with sexual assault are repeatedly breaking in the press. It's time for the Premier League and Football Association to implement a gender-based violence policy that:
  • Takes an absolute stand against domestic violence, sexual violence and child sexual abuse.
  • Imposes mandatory, annual trainings to all players on gender-based violence including consent, violence and coercive control.
  • Appoints a commissioner to investigate and take action on cases where players are suspected of abuse.
  • Imposes appropriate consequences and disciplinary action on players.
Players who are suspected of gender-based violence must face consequences. In the US, Major Baseball League and NFL have publicly accessible policies, where players found guilty of domestic abuse, sexual violence or child abuse can be suspended without pay, or banned for life.

Right now, the Premier League does not have any policies, disciplinary procedures or investigation processes, for players who are accused of gender-based violence. The Premier League and the Football Association need to put a process in place that oversees all its clubs.

Why is this important?

Over the past year, several players from different clubs have been charged with sexual violence. There is no process for how these cases are dealt with, and no recognition of the culture that contributes to gender-based violence.

It's time for the Premier League and the Football Association to break the silence, take accountability and change the culture on gender-based violence in football, and enforce a policy for players who are suspected of causing harm.

As long as the Premier League protects players, this culture of impunity will persist.

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