The Premier League and the EFL have both launched anti-racism campaigns, which will run at the weekend’s matches across the country.
The news comes after England’s footballers suffered racist abuse in Bulgaria while playing for the national team. Ahead of the first domestic games after the international break, all of England’s 92 league clubs will take part in anti-racism campaigns.
The Premier League’s No Room for Racism initiative will run for the next two matchdays, with the league urging its fans to report racism if they see it. It has also called upon social media companies to do more to tackle racism on their platforms, after a spate of high-profile incidents in recent weeks.
In addition, the Premier League says it is working with its BAME Participants’ Advisory Group with a view to ensuring BAME players and coaches have their voices heard, as well as helping to inform ongoing work to eradicate racism.
Richard Masters, Interim Chief Executive, Premier League, said: "Our fans share the belief that racism has no place in football or wider society, but discrimination still exists among a minority. We will not tolerate racism in any form and urge anybody who witnesses racist behaviour to report it.
"Off the pitch, we continue to review and improve reporting and sanctioning processes for offenders. And within the game we are committed to creating more pathways for black coaches.
"Premier League football brings together fans and players from all backgrounds for matches which are watched around the world.
"We are open to everyone and welcome all the supporters who bring passion, emotion and rivalry to create a positive matchday atmosphere, but we want to make it clear – there is no room for racism."
There’s room for passion, for rivalry and for drama but there’s #NoRoomForRacism, anywhere— Premier League (@premierleague) October 18, 2019
The EFL, meanwhile, has advised its clubs and fans to report discriminatory behaviour at its grounds to stewards or to Kick It Out as part of its Show Racism the Red Card day, with the slogan ‘Not today or any day’.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, supporters are reminded that racism and discrimination in all its forms will not be tolerated.— EFL (@EFL) October 18, 2019
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