Kick It Out: Statistics show discrimination still thrives in football 

25 July 2019

Sterling
Photo: Getty Images Raheem Sterling frequently spoke out against racism in football last season. In one instance, Sterling posted an Instagram update accusing media of fuelling racism through their portrayel of black players. Sterling wrote: "for all the news papers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age all i have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance."

Racism is still the most common form of discrimination in football.

Kick It Out feels that incidents at grassroots level and on social media are still under-reported. 

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

Reports of racism continue to rise in English football, at both grassroots level and professionally. Last season there were 43 per cent more reports - up from 192 to 274, according to statistics from the anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out. 

Racism is still the most common form of discrimination in football, with reports of racism accountable for 65 per cent of all discrimination reports. 

"Football reflects the society it is played and watched in and these figures are sadly not surprising.

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