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Racism in football

The relationship between ‘race’ and football takes a number of forms. It has long been the case that a number of fans have used Saturday afternoons at football matches to air their racial prejudices but it is now recognised that this minority of racist fans is only part of the problem. What is also important is how members of minority groups can become involved in football as players, coaches or spectators, the interest they take in football and whether in certain areas they feel excluded.

The UK was the first country to make a concerted effort to rid the game of racism, at least in its most obvious forms, with the founding of the ‘Let’s Kick Racism out of Football’ campaign in 1993, followed two years later by the launch of ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ in the north-east of England, and the Football Unites, Racism Divides project in Sheffield. FURD is now centrally involved in international campaigns against racism in football, through the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network.

Follow these links to find out how to report abuse and discrimination in football, including a downloadable incident report form:

For incidents in England and Wales: 

For incidents elsewhere in Europe:

Asian players

British born black players have made tremendous inroads into the game in recent years.  Britain also has a large Asian population.  Where are all the Asian players?

Asain players


A 2004 report estimated that about 20% of all professional English players are black.  With black people making such a vital contribution to the game as players, why do so few go on to management?


Several high-profile incidents on mainland Europe have shocked the football community in recent years.  Discover the situation in the rest of Europe and what is being done to combat it.


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