This weekend has seen yet more of our members subjected to racial abuse - online and in person – both on and off the pitch. With three incidents reported across the Championship and one in the Premier League, this is another stark reminder of how crucial anti-racism and equality development work is across football and society.
EFL: Reported Incidents
A number of Northampton’s first team were racially abused on their pre-match walk from their hotel on Saturday. Several team members tweeted about the incident, which was swiftly reported to the police by the club. Any witnesses have been asked to contact the club.
Frank Lampard has confirmed that Duane Holmes, teammates and others near the dug-out have reported racial abuse directed at Holmes, after being substituted in the 74th minute of the Brentford vs. Derby County match. The perpetrator – a Brentford season ticket holder – was identified at the time and subsequently arrested.
After Wigan’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City, Nathan Byrne receive a vile, racist tweet. Wigan promptly reported the tweet as a hate crime and a man has since been arrested after handing himself in on Saturday evening.
Premier League: Calling Out Racism
Having scored a penalty for Crystal Palace against Newcastle, Zaha retweeted an abusive tweet he received from a Newcastle fan. The tweet has since been deleted.
Racism is a societal issue, but football has the opportunity to demonstrate to society that it is unacceptable. Everyone needs to come together to ensure swift and robust action to tackle racism, and we commend the Championship clubs involved in this weekend’s incidents for their decisive action and statements.
We have been in contact with the players and clubs involved and will continue to offer our full support.
Our peer-on-peer learning will continue with Equality training in clubs for players. Further, we will persist in lobbying the FA, UEFA and FIFA for stronger sanctions.
If any member requires support in reporting racial abuse, or regarding the impact racial abuse may have on their wellbeing, please contact: 07500 000 777.