A Birmingham barrister has been appointed as a chair a new Football Association panel set up to fight discrimination.
Tariq Sadiq, a practising barrister for 20 years at St Philips Chambers, will lead the FA’s anti-discrimination panel, created in the wake of the high profile claims of racism.
The panel was initiated after stars Luis Suarez and John Terry were accused of racist acts on the pitch, and ahead of West Bromwich Albion plater Nicolas Anelka facing accusations of antisemitism over his “quenelle” gesture.
He said: “As a football fan I want the game to be free of any kind of discrimination so that players are able to display their skills without fear or intimidation and the public can enjoy them. As a barrister, I want to uphold the law and ensure everyone is treated in a fair and just manner. I am delighted that this appointment provides me with an opportunity to realise these goals.”
Mr Sadiq is ranked number one for Sports Law in the eminent Chambers and Partner’s 2014 directory.
In 2013 he won the award for ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, having been shortlisted for the same award in 2012 and 2014.