The Charity Commission is investigating football’s anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out after concerns were raised concerning staff welfare.
According to London and financed by the Football Association, Football League, Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association, Kick It Out currently has 17 employees.
But on Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported which 10 members of the staff have gone since the start of 2016 because of a poor working environment at the charity.
On Wednesday, the newspaper maintained that number might actually be higher and one of those leavers, a senior employee, was threatened by legal action for indicating they had been bullied.
Then on Thursday, the Mail reported a”serious incident” happened at a team training day in 2017, but the charity’s sole answer was to ban alcohol at prospective employees parties – a movement the newspaper says angered members of staff that felt the charity’s direction was not taking it seriously enough.
Kick It Out, founded in 1993 by Lord Ouseley, has already said its board of trustees is investigating the bullying allegations, but the Charity Commission has now begun a unique review as well.
In an announcement, a commission spokeswoman said:”The public expect charities to function as safe places where people are free from injury.
“We’ve already been made aware of questions in regards to the charity Kick It Out. We’ve started a regulatory compliance case to assess those concerns”
Kick It Out have not reacted to the brand new allegation related to the training-day incident, in its initial reaction to the bullying claims it said nobody has ever raised the problem within an exit interview.
These claims come just a week later Lord Ouseley announced he was standing down as chairman after 25 decades of directing the fight against racism in football.
The charity is currently being conducted by programmes director Keeley Baptista, while leader Roisin Wood recovers from disease. Wood, who received an OBE for tackling discrimination in football, is anticipated to return to work .
Lord Ouseley is still one of those charity’s eight trustees, along side BBC pundit and former Stoke along with Spurs striker Garth Crooks and the Premier League’s head of policy Katherine Allen.
Kick It Out released an announcement which read:”In 2017 we were made aware of an incident that involved a member of Kick It Out team. We offered counselling and service to her and also we took all of steps to help her.
“The trustees were not advised until October of the year to safeguard the privacy required of this team member concerned. She chose in September to see several of the trustees herself.
“They then sent an account into the Charities Commission.
“The member of team decided at that time not to see law enforcement but we’d encourage her if she subsequently decided to do so.”