1 in 3 experience racism or discrimination
Over half of the people that responded to a survey thought that racism and discrimination in football had increased over the last five years.
The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Football Forum (BFF), has released a report that found over three quarters of respondents had witnessed or experienced racism or discrimination in football in the last 12 months.
In many cases, at a grassroots level, the abuse is targeted at children and young people, as respondents told the forum that they felt vulnerable and indefensible on the football pitch, and believed that it is a feeling that should not be taken likely.
The report ‘ItsNotFair, Grassroots Experiences of Racism’, launched at the start of the grassroots season, captures a snapshot of views and lived experiences of racism and discrimination. As part of the recommendations from the report, the forum is calling for greater BAME representation at board level, open processes to monitor clubs and players who commit racial abuse, and for the Local FA to develop new tougher sanctions to clubs and players that are found guilty of racial abuse including a recommendation that clubs have their Chartered Standard Kite mark reviewed.