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GUARDIAN – Liverpool issue list of ‘unacceptable’ words to fight discrimination

• Terms cover race, sexual orientation, gender, disability• Offensive religious terms also on Liverpool’s listLiverpool have issued members of staff with a list of “unacceptable” words and phrases in its efforts to combat all forms of discrimination at Anfield.The guide, part of a wider education programme run by the club, details terms that employees should deem offensive under the headings of race/religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability. Most are self-explanatory, and the guide advises that it is “important to understand the context of what’s being said”, as in the use, under gender for example, of “princess” or “don’t be a woman” on the Anfield terraces next season.Liverpool’s list of what is “usually offensive and the club considers unacceptable” has been given to all full-time and casual members of staff who have contact with the public on match-days or a daily basis. The club were widely criticised for their support of Luis Suárez when the striker was found guilty in December 2011 of having used racially abusive language towards Patrice Evra but view their education programme as one of several proactive measures taken to combat discrimination. The guide has not been issued to Liverpool players, however, as they, along with players at all Premier League and Football League clubs, receive separate guidance from the Football Association.Rishi Jain, the social inclusion officer for Liverpool who helped compile the guide, explained: “As part of the club’s continued commitment to tackle all forms of discrimination, as well as promoting it’s approach to equality and diversity, Liverpool FC has been actively engaged in a full club-wide education and awareness programme.”This programme includes interactive workshops and a handbook which is designed to provide information on the latest equality legislation including information relating to what terminology is deemed as both acceptable and unacceptable. This programme of awareness enables our employees to recognise inappropriate language and take the necessary steps to ensure Anfield is free from all forms of discrimination.”Liverpool became the first Premier League club to be represented at a UK Pride event last August. And Jain added: “Liverpool has been actively working with Kick it Out, Show Racism the Red Card and the Anthony Walker Foundation for many years and has been recognised externally for its contribution to helping tackle discrimination and promote Anfield as an inclusive and welcoming environment.”The club has already attained Kick it Out’s equality standard preliminary level and has recently submitted its application for the equality standard intermediate level demonstrating its continued commitment.”LiverpoolRace issuesAndy Huntertheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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GUARDIAN – Everton’s Kevin Mirallas out to make an impact in first Liverpool derby

• Belgian peppered with Molotov cocktails in Athens derby• Brendan Rodgers expected to field four derby debutantsLittle has fazed Kevin Mirallas since a £5.4m move to Everton and his first Merseyside derby should be no exception. After all, the Belgium international’s last experience of a local dispute ended with police protection required as Molotov cocktails rained down around him.If the moniker of the “friendly derby” no longer applies on Merseyside there is no disputing the “derby of the eternal enemies” – as the Athens’ rivalry between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos is known – holds true. Mirallas was part of the Olympiakos team who were leading there in March, and on course for a second consecutive league title, when home fans attacked riot police, set fire to seats, the scoreboard, threw firebombs on to the pitch and forced the game to be abandoned with eight minutes remaining. It puts the Premier League fixture with the most red cards (20) into perspective.Mirallas reflects: “We were winning 1-0 and were also four points ahead of them in the league so they were getting really worked up. Some of the fans got on to the pitch and were throwing Molotov cocktails. It got really out of hand. Bodyguards and security came on to protect us and we had to run for our lives. It was frightening but at the same time also really exciting to play in that type of game because if you win it’s a great achievement and you feel great about it. After one derby win we went back to the club and 10,000 of our fans were waiting for us.”The 25-year-old is likely to be Everton’s only derby debutant at Goodison Park on Sunday . Liverpool could have four, the manager Brendan Rodgers excluded.Mirallas’ direct running and willingness to shoot on sight have been features of his quick impact at Everton and with Steven Pienaar suspended, he may replace the influential South African on the left. David Moyes has deployed the forward mostly on the right but believes Mirallas can offer a greater threat cutting in from the opposite flank. Wherever he plays, the former Lille and Saint-Etienne striker is conscious of Everton’s desire to avenge three losses to Liverpool last season.”One of the first things I was told when I signed was the importance of this game,” said Mirallas, who was also a summer target for Arsenal. “I know there was a lot of disappointment among the players after what happened last season, especially being so close to the FA Cup final, and we don’t want a repeat of that. Liverpool are in a weaker position but we respect them. It is a derby, and it doesn’t matter so much if a side has a weakness in those games.”Among those vying for their first derby experience for Liverpool are Suso, Andre Wisdom and Raheem Sterling. Rodgers, as has been the case throughout his debut season in charge, does not consider hostile territory reason to postpone their education.The Liverpool manager said: “I have no qualms about them at all. They have shown already this season that they can handle it. I have got no fears because they have come in and been absolutely outstanding. Andre Wisdom can take on the world. He is built like a boxer, he is strong, quick and he won’t get beat. There is no problem there. For our longer term, they will have to sample these type of games.”José Reina will be given every opportunity to recover from the hamstring injury that has kept him out of Liverpool’s last two games, both 1-0 wins, with Brad Jones an able deputy in goal. Of the senior players selected against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday, only Glen Johnson suffered a fitness problem, but he will be available at Goodison. “He just felt a little spasm but he is fine. It was precaution and I didn’t want to risk him,” Rodgers said.EvertonLiverpoolAndy Hunterguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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