- Aug 22
- 2 mins read
How to use technology to assist in dealing with racist and homophobic behaviour in football.
Reports of racism in professional and grassroots football in England are on the rise. A recent report from Kick it Out found that there was a 43% increase over 2017/2018 period. It remains the most common form of discrimination, constituting 65% of reports.
Faith based discrimination rose higher than any other reports, seeing a 75% increase. Discrimination related to sexual orientation increased by 12 per cent from 61 to 68. In the overall figures, which include social media incidents, discrimination reports increased to 581, a 12% rise from the season before (520).
Some could argue that the increase is because of an increase in reporting. However, the leap in reports could also be an indication that discrimination across the game is still an issue which needs ongoing and constant education and the application of appropriate sanctions.
It is now the seventh consecutive year that discrimination reports have increased within football. Roisin Woods, CEO of the Kick it Out campaign told the BBC Sport that “If we’re seeing a rise in hate crime, the Home Office is seeing a rise in hate crime and other bodies are seeing a rise in hate crime, it’s linked because that’s what is going on in society at the moment. If it’s there, we’ll see it in football,”
Whatever the external factors that could be linked to the rise in reports in football, how best to tackle this issue during games?
Giving staff on the ground access to an online incident reporting and notification platform, like Raven, would allow them to easily report on incidents during games that can be monitored by those in the Control Room, and escalated where necessary. Incident information can be shared in realtime, ensuring fast and efficient responses and allowing quick identification of multiple concurrent issues.
The public is also a great source of information at these events. Raven has a number that the public can text that automatically gets updated on the main system, alerting the right people of certain issues or reports of discrimination that are happening during the game.
These are a few ways that stadiums can help manage the rise in reported incidents of racism and discrimination throughout football games. While it may not be able to solve the wider issue of racism in society, it can certainly help tackle this issue in football games, making it a more inclusive experience for all.
Contact us to find out more about how Raven can be used in your stadium, venue or event.