The Football Association is to lend its support to the new FIFA task force to tackle racism and discrimination in football.
FA Chairman David Bernstein has invited FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, who is leading the task force, to England to take part in a round-table discussion with key figures from across the domestic game, including players.
The pair were both present at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Scotland on Saturday.
Bernstein has said the matter is his top priority. An FA led-action plan, following the Chairman’s private meetings with players and administrators from across the game, was presented to Government at the end of last year.
The FA is committed, along with all its stakeholders, to promoting equality and diversity and to the eradication of all forms of discrimination.
Webb, who heads up the CONCACAF federation of countries in north and central America and the Caribbean, was put forward for the new task force by FIFA President Sepp Blatter when the global game’s law-makers gathered for the annual IFAB meeting at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.
Bernstein said: “I had a very positive and productive meeting with Jeffrey Webb on Saturday.
"As a result, I have invited him to London as soon as possible for a round-table discussion with players and administrators from across the English game.
“As I have made clear, the fight against racism and discrimination is at the very top of my agenda. It is vitally important football’s governing bodies share experiences and knowledge if we are to properly tackle this issue.
"I am particularly pleased that he and FIFA recognise the issues of discrimination including homophobia, wider disability matters and the need to make the game accessible to everyone who wants to play.”
Webb said: "It is a huge concern to be honest.
"The FA has been very aggressive in their campaign and I think if these incidents do exist in an environment such as the Premier League then it begs the question what happens in some other leagues where they don't have the resources and the will and the desire as the English FA has had over the years.
"I will be meeting with The FA Chairman David Bernstein and visiting The FA. At that time I would also like to meet with some of the players, perhaps have a discussion to talk to the players and get their input, get some suggestions from them and learn from what their experiences are.
"We would like to hear both sides really."
Blatter said: “The strategy committee has said we will make a task force and I have a chairman for this task force - he is Jeffrey Webb, the president of CONCACAF.
"It is a big, big problem also of education and understanding, but we will do it because we have to kick it out."