We need action not empathy is the clear message coming from the grassroots level of football
A major shift in the battle against racism at a grassroots level took place at the BAME Football Forum (BFF) event, At the Grass Root of Racism held at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.
Close to two hundred people from across all levels of the game came together in support of the Forum including representatives from Show Racism the Red Card, Kick It Out, Sporting Equals, National Black Crown Prosecution Association, Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, Office of the Police Crime Commissioners for Leicestershire and Leicestershire Police.
The event also saw Sky Sports News, BBC East Midlands and ITV Central amongst others, attend to interview guests and get a sense of the feeling at a community level. Racial abuse is widespread in the current climate and those at the sharp end of abuse told the Forum that things are getting worse.
In a recent survey conducted by the BFF, over half the people asked thought that racism and discrimination in football had increased in the past five years. Three quarters said they had witnessed or experienced it in the last 12 months.