Britain / 08-02-2018

Kick It Out reveals significant rise in reported incidents of discrimination

Source: kick it out


Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion organisation, is calling for action with reports of discrimination on the rise in English football.

 

On Wednesday, Kick It Out divulged statistics that showed a significant rise of discrimination reports at the midway stage of the 2017-18 season. The organisation received more than 300 reports relating to 282 incidents of abuse by the end of 2017, marking an increase of 59 percent from the same period in the previous campaign. Those incidents cover the professional game, grassroots football, and social media.

 

Racist behaviour was once again the highest form of discrimination, accounting for 54 percent of the reports. Homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia made up 22 percent, and antisemitism comprised 9 percent.

 

Type of discrimination:

 

- Race - 151 reports

- Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia - 63 reports

- Antisemitism - 25 reports

- Disability - 19 reports

- Sexism - 17 reports

- Anti-Muslim hatred - 7 reports

 

Lord Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, called on football authorities to increase their efforts in tackling discriminatory behaviour, saying: "Our latest statistics reveal a significant increase in incidents of discrimination in football, which should act as a wake-up call to everyone in the sport. The spike in these midseason reporting statistics come against the backdrop of rising hatred in our society, as recently shown in Community Security Trust's publication of reported antisemitic incidents. These pieces of evidence indicate there is no place for complacency when it comes to challenging prejudice.