The full membership of the task force that was set up to examine the issue of racism in football has been completed and revealed.
A high-powered body set up and approved by FIFA President Blatter, is being led by Jeffrey Webb, President of CONCACAF. Other members include outgoing Chairman of the English Football Association – David Bernstein, as well as Jozy Altidore, the US international who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland and who was racially abused during a match in January.
African representation on the task force includes Kevin Prince-Boateng, former Ghana international who plays for AC Milan and who led a walk-out from the pitch when he was racially taunted during a game in Italy recently.
Nigerian football journalist and lawyer, Osasu Obayiuwana, completes the African presence on the task force.
Obayiuwana, an activist of sorts, has been a vocal voice in various campaigns against the ills of football, and his appointment was no surprise to many.
“It is an honour, and I hope I will be able to do my best to discharge my assignment in the hope that I will contribute to making football a much better game”, Obayiuwana said.
The inaugural meeting of the task force will be on 6 May in Zurich, and FIFA has mandated the body to provide a preliminary report at the next FIFA Congress on 30-31 May in Mauritius.