Premier League: No Room for Racism
The Premier League is making it clear there is No Room For Racism as they continue to work with the clubs, fans, the FA, EFL, PFA, Kick It Out and the police to tackle discrimination across all areas of football.
This phase of the No Room For Racism campaign was visible at all Premier League matches from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 October, emphasising that racist conduct is not tolerated and urging supporters to take action.
Ongoing work by the Premier League includes reviewing how offenders are identified, investigated and sanctioned. Education also takes place through rehabilitation programmes. Senior stewards have been trained in evidence-gathering at matches through the use of technology – such as increased CCTV coverage at grounds and bodycams – to inhibit offending behaviour and aid the identification of offenders. The Premier League is also developing additional training for stewards to ensure they are empowered and equipped to deal with discrimination at matches.
Football is putting pressure on social media companies to tackle the issue of racism on their platforms. In addition, the League is working with its BAME Participants’ Advisory Group to ensure the views of BAME players and coaches are heard and to help inform ongoing work.
The campaign is based on the insight that high emotions are often used to justify racist behaviour. The campaign contrasts the fans’ passion, rivalry, agony, ecstasy and emotion; against the Premier League’s strict anti-racism stance. To encourage reporting by the fans, we included the call to action ‘If you see it, report it’ with a link to the relevant reporting mechanism across all executions.