Premier League - English football to bring in 'racial quotas'

English football is set to bring in a 'racial quota' for referees and coaches to try and stamp out racism in the game.

The Daily Mail has revealed that the FA has drawn up a massive 92-point plan to help combat the issue that has dogged the sport in recent seasons.

The plan will demand that at least 10 per cent of officials and coaches entering the game are from ethnic minorities.

The Mail insist they have seen the entire plan and that it contains provisions to get more woman and disabled people into the game, as well as identifying Asian role models for that specific community.

New players and managers in England will be given an 'anti-racism' education, while even stewards will be given advice on how to handle abuse they see in the stands.

Confidential hotlines will also be set up where players can report any incidents of racist abuse or bullying.

The plan still needs to be agreed by football's stakeholders but FA chairman David Bernstein has given his personal guarantee in a letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, copied to Prime Minister David Cameron, that all the recommendations will be carried out once that is done.

The Mail quotes Berstein's letter to Miller as saying: "Let me give you my own personal reassurance that this is an issue at the very top of my agenda.

"It is one that I know we are all determined to address both speedily and collaboratively subject to the approvals processes of our respective organisations.

"There is no doubt that recent events have brought into sharp relief the impact that race and other forms of discrimination can still have on the game. Incidents involving high-profile players cast a shadow over the sport and can undermine much of the collective good work achieved.

"Despite the substantial progress English football has made in this area over many years we fully recognise that the work to eliminate discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, colour and nationality is still not complete."

The FA hopes to have all 92 points of the plan implanted by the 2017/18 season.

Both John Terry and Luis Suarez have been banned in the last 12 months for using racist language while there have been numerous incidents of fans using racist abuse in the stands and on social networking sites.