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Kick it Out witness an increase in 'incidents of hate' within football.

 

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Kick it Out witness an increase in 'incidents of hate' within football.

An anti-discri­mina­tion organisation says it is seeing "incidents of hate" in football every week because of "worrying levels of hate and prejudice in society".

Kick It Out says it received 402 reports of discri­mina­tion last season,­ a rise from 393 in 2014-15.

Of those, 135 were in the professional game.

The Kick It Out report comes just a day after new figures suggested a 20% rise in hate crimes. The organisation is now calling on sponsors and football authorities to work together to tackle the issue.

Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley said education projects would help, and cited the sport's ability to bring "people of all backgrounds together to play and participate".

However, he warned: "Young people are vulnerable to the increased levels of prejudice and hate which has been evidenced by increases in reported hate crimes and incidents."

Kick It Out also called for more diversity among football's leaders, pointing to the domination of white men - an "exclusive and elitist monoculture" - at the top of the game.

The 402 incidents reported to the organisation last season meant there has been a year-on-year rise since it first started collating statistics in 2012-13.

  • Of the 135 incidents relating to the professional game, 122 involved fans.
  • 13 were allegations against players, coaches and managers - almost double the number from last year.
  • Reports of abuse on social media rose for a second successive year, by 18% to 194.
  • There was a two per cent fall in the number incidents at grassroots level, to 73.
  • 54% of incidents related to racial discri­mina­tion, 20.5% to faith, 17% to sexual orientation and 7% to gender.

"The game is under the microscope and every week incidents of hate are being witnessed," Kick It Out said.

The latest figures from the Football Association show 902 allegations of discri­mina­tion were made last season, a fall of six from last year. The total includes those incidents reported to Kick it Out.

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