It’s time for English football to face up to its problems.
Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination body, have revealed that almost all types of cases of discrimination are on the rise in English football, at both professional and grassroots level, reports CaughtOffside.
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The report, which covers the period between August and December 2014, perhaps most worryingly suggests that the number of cases of racism is much higher than the same time frame from the previous year.
It is not surprising to know that 117 of the 184 cases reported were racially motivated, especially given the abhorrent scenes in Paris in recent weeks where Chelsea fans chanted about being racist, and forcefully prevented a black man stepping on a metro train ahead of the Blues’ Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
Anti-Semitism was the second highest reason for complaint – which also has received publicity in recent weeks following the actions of a section of West Ham fans ahead of their game against Tottenham – with 32 cases reported.
Both sexism and homophobia rose from last year, contributing to a total of 48 more grievances across the board from last year.