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West Ham's Allardyce: England ahead of other nations in fight against racism

West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has praised English football's fight against racism.

The Hammers manager believes the issue of racism in football is being stamped out a lot more quickly and efficiently than in other parts of Europe and feels those leading the fight should feel pleased with their efforts thus far.

"I travel all over Europe and I travel far and wide while I look for players," Allardyce told skysports.com after becoming one of four managers inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of fame at a ceremony in the Speaker's Residence at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday night.

"However much criticism there is about this country being racist, we are the best. We've done the most - there's still a long way to go but I go to many countries all over Europe and we've progressed so far compared to those and I think we should be proud of that.

"I know we're going to continue to push this campaign but tonight is a show for everybody that we're moving in the right direction."

He added: "There's a lot of work that still needs to be done but football leads the way (in tackling racism). If you listen to Gordon Taylor and the people running this campaign it has spread far and wide throughout Europe, UEFA and FIFA and we have led the way.

"The guys (at Show Racism the Red Card) have led the way and done a fantastic job - not just in this country but also to make more countries aware of the situation and sooner or later there has to be zero tolerance of the situation."

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