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Topic - Cyrus Mehri
The Fritz Pollard Alliance has sent a letter to the NFL calling for a 15-yard penalty for use of abusive language on the field by players or officials.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance sent a letter to the NFL on Monday calling for a 15-yard penalty on players who use abusive language on the field.
After minority candidates were recently shut out by NFL teams for 15 top jobs, the Fritz Pollard Alliance wants the Rooney Rule to include coordinators, assistant head coaches and club president positions.
Next month, at Wembley Stadium, fans will see something unusual for the home of English football: two black head coaches leading their teams onto the field.
Mehri added: "We believe the league should authorize game day officials to use graduated discipline with warnings, 15-yard penalties and ejections as appropriate. In our view, if game day officials are empowered _ and encouraged _ to treat the use of racial epithets as grounds for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, future incidents of this nature are far less likely."
Directing the `N' word towards others in a place of work is abusive, threatening, and insulting," Mehri wrote to Pash.