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Oct 21, 2012

Moyes: Kick It Out 'a great success'

Everton manager David Moyes has described the 'Kick It Out' ant-racism campaign as a "great success", as controversy over how racial issues are handled in football escalates.

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The build-up to Sunday's match between QPR and Everton at Loftus Road was dominated by the story, with a number of players from both sides - including Anton Ferdinand - refusing to wear the campaign's t-shirts in protest at how authorities have handled some incidents.

Moyes did say he understood why certain players refused and that they will not be punished.

"It is too big a subject just for David Moyes's opinion to matter that much. I did speak to the players," said Moyes. "I gave them the opportunity. It was up to them to decide. I spoke to them and told them how I felt. I understand their points of view and I'm totally supportive of the players.

"I think the Kick It Out campaign has been a great success. They have done a big, big job. I know there have been some incidents recently but overall I think it has been a success. The people have tried to do it to the best of their ability.

"My opinion here is only small. Other people's are more important. There are better people to speak. I understand my players entirely. I think they're more disappointed with our authorities in the way they've taken action, not the Kick It Out campaign."

Mark Hughes largely echoed Moyes' comments, but stated that racism will never disappear from football completely.

"There was a discussion earlier in the week. My understanding was that everyone was going to wear one," he said.

"It's a personal thing. My personal belief is that the campaign of trying to take racism out of football is a good thing and we should try and support it. Everyone has a view on whether enough is done, or everything that can be done, sometimes people will take a personal view.

"You'll never get rid of it totally. It's very difficult. You'll get one idiot who feels that it is something they want to do. The strides the English game has taken, from when I started 20 years ago, it was worse than it is now. Any campaign that highlights something that is an ill in our game has to be supported.

"I think the point was being made that they want more to be done. I'm sure that makes the organisation and the people involved looking at themselves and questioning themselves. And maybe that's a good thing. We won't punish the players."

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