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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 17:03

84% Football Fans Recognise Homophobia

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Football fans across the country have called for tough and consistent action to be taken against perpetrators found guilty of discrimination after taking part in a major consultation conducted by Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign. 

The Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) welcomes the results of Kick It Out’s ‘Tackling Discrimination’ survey that (amongst other points) states:

 • The huge majority of football fans, from all backgrounds, think that tackling racism, homophobic abuse and abuse towards disabled people are important issues in football (93% of fans say it is important to do more to tackle racism, 84% to tackle homophobia and 89% to tackle abuse towards disabled people).

• The majority of fans see discrimination and abuse as unacceptable in the modern game, (92% racism), (87% Homophobia) (84% sexist) (92% abuse of disability) suggesting that it is an irresponsible minority who act in this way.

The GFSN also welcomes the news that Kick It Out will release a new reporting App in time for next season which is designed to make reporting discrimination, including homophobia, simpler and quicker

This comes hot on the heels of the GFSN’s own research with Brighton & Hove Albion FC where the club received homophobic abuse by 72% of opponents and at over 57% of matches in the 12-13 season. [http://gfsn.digitalime.com/brighton-abuse-report.html]

GFSN Chair, Chris Basiurski says: “It’s great to see such research from Kick It Out. Fans clearly agree that not only is discrimination wrong but that fans themselves, along with the football authorities, need to take responsibility for tackling the issue. We hope that all in the game take this research into account and that the people who are the bedrock of the game are crying out for more action against homophobia, racism, and all other forms of discrimination”.

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