Sky has announced a new programme to air on Sky Documentaries in November, investigating the alarming rise of racism in English football directed at players and fans and the sports response to the recent political movements tackling racism.  

Kick It Out has worked closely with all parties involved, throughout the making of the film.  

The documentary will be presented by former Manchester City and England player Micah Richards and co-produced by Buzz16 Productions, known for its credentials in football content and producers of Gary Nevills Soccerbox, and marketing agency New Stance, who have worked with global brands and talent such as Spotify and Gareth Bale. Titled Micah Richards - Tackling Racism, the film aims to uncover the areas of the game that are affected by racism with the objective of seeking real answers, solutions and achievable targets moving forward, making the game safer and more inclusive for all.  

Micah Richards said: I was thrilled to be asked to present such an important documentary for football, at a time when we need efforts to combat racism to stay high priority. As a player, I have witnessed first-hand the effects of racism, both directed personally at me and also my teammates, here in England and abroad. I am keen to really examine where the heart of the problem lies, looking at the clubs, the governing bodies, as well as the role of both traditional and social media companies, politics, society and culture. Its crucial that people, especially younger generations, are fully aware of how damaging this kind of abuse is, for those on the receiving end and for those witnessing it. It has the potential to wreck careers and spoil a sport that has achieved so much in terms of talent, popularity and spectacle here and around the world.” 

Sanjay Bhandari, Chair at Kick It Out, said: It has been great to work with Buzz16 and New Stance on this important documentary. They fully understand the problems we are tackling on a daily basis. We have been able to provide insights and up-to-date research to support their work. Our aims as a charity are to challenge discrimination, educate on inclusive practice and create opportunities for diverse talent within the game. This documentary will throw a spotlight on the issues and, more importantly, the solutions.” 

Mark Keisner, CEO at New Stance and producer of Micah Richards Tackling Racism, said:  “I have been going to live football since the age of five and have worked in sports and entertainment marketing with global talent and brands. I can still see this gulf between well-intentioned initiatives for change but then also the reality on the ground. We already know this problem exists and so we wanted to make something that offers an intelligent, considered, fair and constructive contribution to the fight against racism in football, across all levels.