NEW: Hate crime at football matches hits a three-year high

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Hate crime at football matches reached a record high after the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.

287 incidents is the highest number ever recorded in a single campaign.

According to new statistics, this marks a 33% increase from the previous year.

A hate crime is when a perpetrator is motivated or demonstrates hostility towards the victim’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

The figures were all reported at football matches. The statistics are from the Home Office who have been collecting this data since the 2017/18 season.

Racially motivated hate crimes were the most common, with 214 reported incidents. This is up from 152 in the previous year.

Founder of Show Racism the Red Card Ged Grebby said it was “worrying”.

“Racism is on the rise in society which means it will come into football. You cannot keep it away. It does not surprise us and it is a worrying trend.

“Education is key and hopefully we can all step up the efforts to do more.”

Why does it matter?

Overall, football banning orders and arrests have decreased.

The number of new banning orders issued fell by 34% to 360 compared to last year. Also, arrests dropped 21% to 1,089.

However, arrests made for racist and indecent chanting had a significant rise.

The below chart shows that since 2015, chanting incidents were below the average until this past season.

Even with the findings, Grebby remains optimistic that the situation is improving:

“There has been huge progress over 30/40 years against racism. The Black Lives Matter movement was a massive show of strength. It has given us a huge amount of public support.

“We are putting calls out to educate people online and our output of short films has really stepped up. We are doing more on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. All the things to generate a stronger anti-racism message.”

Dataset: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/football-related-arrests-and-banning-orders-england-and-wales-2019-to-2020-season

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