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Brighton report homophobic abuse from rival fans to FA – list of alleged chants including from Colin Kazim-Richards

REVEALED: The shocking list of alleged homophobic abuse suffered by Brighton supporters… including from one of their former players

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Date
Fixture
Examples of alleged chants reported
GFSN comments
August 14, 2012
Swindon Town (A)
'Town full of f*gg*ts.'
Other abuse heard too.
Letter sent from BHASC to Swindon Town FC.
Response received from club who said that they would be vigilante and apologised.
August 18, 2012
Hull City (A)
'We can see you holding hands' and others.

Player rubs his hands up and down several times over his backside whilst standing in front of, but with his back to, Brighton fans.
Spoke to senior steward after match.
Letter sent to club.
Club’s stewards take action during game.
Hull City FC defended its player saying he had done nothing wrong.
August 21, 2012
Cardiff City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
August 25, 2012
Barnsley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 1, 2012
Burnley (A)

Home fans used many derogatory words. So bad that BBC Sussex radio had to turn off a microphone and apologise several times on air for the language being used around them.

No action was taken.
September 14, 2012
Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 18, 2012
Watford (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
September 22, 2012
Millwall (A)
Multiple, persistent chants heard.
No action was taken this season.
BHASC corresponded with Millwall in 2011 & 2012 season and have trusted them to work away at the problem.
September 29, 2012
Birmingham (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 2, 2012
Ipswich Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 6, 2012
Derby County (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 20, 2012
Middlesbrough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
October 23, 2012
Leicester City (A)
A variety of chants including 'We can see you holding hands'.
BHASC has reported to Leicester City FC in the past who didn’t accept that it was anything but 'banter'. With this mind set BHASC didn’t see that we could achieve anything else at this time.
October 27, 2012
Blackpool (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 2, 2012
Leeds United (H)
Several different chants
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
November 6, 2012
Peterborough (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
November 17, 2012
Huddersfield Town (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You're just a town full of f*gg*ts'
Spoke to police at game and letter sent to club.
Club responded apologising and explaining actions of stewards in preventing abuse spreading
November 24, 2012
Bolton Wanderers (H)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of b*****s'
'We always sh*g girls'

Email sent to Bolton who responded.
November 27, 2012
Bristol City (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 1, 2012
Crystal Palace (A)
'Palace 5, Brighton 0, Brighton take it up the b*m'

'We can see you holding hands.'
Complaint to stewards and letter sent to club.

No action taken at the time by the stewards, but Senior Steward reprimanded by CPFC for failing to take action.
December 8, 2012
Charlton Athletic (A)
'We can see you holding hands.'
Chants were sporadic and did not spread possibly due to actions of stewards.
16 December 2012
Nottingham Forest (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
December 18, 2012
Millwall (H)
Several individual incidents reported after the game. A father and son pair of Brighton fans were walking away from the ground and the father was asked 'Do you pass him round'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
December 29, 2012
Watford (H)
Sporadic chanting reported
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
January 1, 2013
Ipswich Town (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 5, 2013
Newcastle United (H)
Sporadic homophobic chanting reported
Stewards took action to prevent chants being spread.
January 12, 2013
Derby County (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
January 19, 2013
Birmingham City (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Go home you qayers'
'Up your a*** m’lord, up your a***'

Incidents were reported to Birmingham City FC.
January 22, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (A)
'Soft Southern poofters'
Two fans attacked outside the ground.
n/a
January 26, 2013
Arsenal (H)
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments
February 2, 2013
Sheffield Wednesday (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Does your boyfriend know you're here'
'Town full of f*gg*ts'
'Up your a***, up your a***, if you’re not a f****** w***** you’re a gayer'
Complaint made to stewards. BHASC understands that stewards may have taken action to prevent the chants spreading.
February 9, 2013
Hull City (H)
Local paper reported that three Hull fans were arrested for homophobic comments made after the match.

Two of those arrested were cautioned.
February 12, 2013
Blackburn Rovers (H)
Homophobic gestures from Blackburn player, alleged to be Colin Kazim-Richards
Investigations by the Sussex County Police and The FA.February 19, 2013
Cardiff City (A)
Nothing audible
n/a
February 23, 2013
Burnley (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 2, 2013
Huddersfield Town (H)
Nothing audible
n/a
March 5, 2013
Bristol City (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'You’re just a town full of f*gg*ts'
'What’s it like to suck a c***'
'We drink cider, you suck c***'
'The referee’s a gay boy'
'Gay and you know you are'
Incidents not reported.
March 9, 2013
Bolton Wanderers (A)
'We can see you holding hands'
'Do you take it up the a***'
'Gay and you know you are'
This was reported to previous contact at Bolton by email. A response has not been forthcoming to date.
March 12, 2013
Barnsley (A)
Nothing audible
Barnsley demonstrated to BHASC procedures of stewards and how they deal with any instances of reported abuse.
March 17, 2013
Crystal Palace (H)
'You’re queer and you know you are'
'We can see you holding hands'
BHASC is comfortable that Brighton & Hove Albion FC has adequate procedures to take action if deemed appropriate. Fans have historically been ejected and on sometimes even prevented from going in if they make such comments.
March 30, 2013
Nottingham Forest (A)
'Does your boyfriend know you’re here'
'You only sing when you’re b***ing'
'Have you ever sh*gg*d a girl'
'We can see you holding hands'
And shouts of ‘f*gg*ts’, ‘gay’ and ‘n*nce’ with limp-wristed gestures
Brighton supporters reported incidents to the police and stewards. The stadium safety officer assured GFSN before the game that a zero-tolerance policy was in place and the stewards would take any appropriate action necessary.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Mario Balotelli targeted by fans with laser pens

Old rivals lock horns in El Clasico and Milan derby, but fans target stars with laser pens

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

13:23 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:23 GMT, 3 March 2013

El Clasico and the Milan derby are two of the most eagerly-awaited matches in world football.

The world watched as Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns twice in a week while Internazionale hosted their arch-rivals AC Milan last Sunday in a Serie A clash.

Sadly, both matches saw fans target opposing players with laser pens.

Mario Balotelli

Heated: Balotelli was allegedly targeted by racists in the crowd

Enemy: Mario Balotelli was targeted by laser pens and he allegedly suffered racist abuse in the Milan derby

Heated: Balotelli was allegedly targeted by racists in the crowd

Heated: Balotelli was allegedly targeted by racists in the crowd

In the Milan derby, Mario Balotelli was also subjected to racial abuse by the Inter fans in a fiery 1-1 draw.

That was followed on Tuesday night by Barcelona fans targeting Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho with lasers during their Copa del Rey semi-final.

Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Boss: Real manager Jose Mourinho

Boss: Real manager Jose Mourinho

Target: Ronaldo had just scored the first goal in a 3-1 win at the Nou Camp

Target: Ronaldo had just scored the first goal in a 3-1 win at the Nou Camp

Ronaldo was targeted while celebrating the first goal at the Nou Camp as Real ran out 3-1 winners to book their place in the final against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid’s fans got their ‘revenge’ on Saturday, though, as they shined their lasers at Lionel Messi at the Bernabeu.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Illuminated: Lionel Messi has a laser shined in his eyes at the Bernabeu

Man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall"s v Leeds

53-year-old man arrested for alleged racist abuse during Millwall's match against Leeds
Sky Sports News report identified 56 examples of racist abuse at MillwallSustained abuse heard from Block 28 at The DenMillwall 'appalled' by footage and captain Danny Shittu 'deeply saddened'

By
David Wilcock

PUBLISHED:

21:57 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 12 February 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with allegations of racist abuse aimed at Leeds striker El-Hadji Diouf by Millwall fans, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday night.

The 53-year-old man was arrested after Sky Sports News last night broadcast footage which appeared to show some of the London club's fans hurling insults at the Senegalese forward during a game at the Den in November.

Millwall said they were 'appalled' by the footage and vowed to reopen an investigation into allegations of racial abuse, which initially emerged online.

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Caught on camera: A fan is filmed making racist remarks during a Millwall game by Sky Sports News

Club captain Danny Shittu said he was 'deeply saddened' by what he had seen in the documentary.

The man, from Enfield, north London, remained in custody tonight on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

Millwall have promised to ban any individuals for life if they are found guilty.

The footage appears to show fans hurling insults at Diouf during an npower Championship clash between the two clubs at the south-east London ground on November 18.

The Lions' chief executive, Andy Ambler, said that an initial investigation was closed after Diouf said he heard no racist abuse aimed at him.

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

Abuse: Sky Sports News picked up another fan making racist remarks

'Like all Millwall fans and football fans generally, we're appalled by the footage we've seen,' he said.

'Sadly racism exists in our society and certain individuals want to bring it into football grounds. It's down to us in football do to more.

Shittu later released a statement on the club website which read: 'I am deeply saddened by the documentary on Sky Sports showing racism by the minority at matches including at Millwall FC.

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

Anger: Leeds forward El-Hadji Diouf was believed to be the target of racist abuse

'As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone.

'I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches.

'I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this issue.

'Every player at all levels has the right to represent their club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in football.'

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell has previously made allegations of racial abuse towards Millwall's fans.

A banner stating “Sordell is a c***” was unfurled at a later game which came in the wake of his claims, while a 13-year-old boy was banned from the ground.

Millwall to investigate allegations of racism after TV cameras pick up abusive fans

Millwall to investigate allegations of racism after TV cameras pick up abusive fans

Olympics, has faced racial abuse on social media websites.

He said: 'We're a developed, multi-cultural society. It's surprising it can still go on – but it doesn't exactly shock me.

'We can't be silent about it. We need to make people aware that there is a problem going on and only when people are aware of the problem can it be sorted out.

'As long as people are brave enough I'd say to come out and say exactly what's happened to them then I think we'll be going in the right direction because the first thing that needs to happen is that we can't be silent about it.'

The 21-year-old admitted abuse can inspire him, adding: 'Sometimes it gives me that bit more fire to prove people wrong and that I can rise above it.'

Lance Armstrong "admits" to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

Armstrong 'admits' to drug abuse to win Tour de France during Oprah Winfrey interview

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:42 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:46 GMT, 15 January 2013

Lance Armstrong last night reportedly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

The disgraced cyclist is said to have confessed in an interview with American TV chat show queen Oprah Winfrey which is scheduled to be broadcast on Thursday.

Armstrong earlier visited the staff of his charity at the Texas offices to apologise for putting their work at risk.

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Banned: Disgraced cyclist Armstrong conducted his first interview since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles with Oprah Winfrey

Several employees cried when he told them: ‘I’m sorry.’ He promised he would try to restore the foundation’s reputation – before meeting his legal team to prepare for the Oprah interview.

Armstrong reportedly spoke to a room
full of about 100 staff members for about 20 minutes, expressing regret
for everything the controversy has put them through.

He told them how much the foundation
means to him and that he considers the people who work there to be like
members of his family. None of the people in the room challenged
Armstrong over his long denials of doping.

After the interview, Winfrey tweeted: 'Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY!'

Winfrey and her crew planned on filming Monday's session at Armstrong's home. As a result, local and international news crews were camped near the cyclist's Spanish-style villa before dawn.

Armstrong still managed to slip away for a run despite the crowds outside his home. He returned by cutting through a neighbour's yard and hopping a fence.

Kevin-Prince Boateng could quit AC Milan after race row

I'm ready to go: Boateng considers quitting Italy for good after racial abuse

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:31 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:31 GMT, 5 January 2013

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is considering his future in Italian football in the wake of a racial attack which prompted him to walk off the pitch during a friendly this week.

Boateng, a Ghana international, was followed off the pitch by his team-mates at fourth-tier side Pro Patria after several players were racially abused.

The 25-year-old has been publicly back by Milan, with president Silvio Berlusconi insisting his players would always walk off the pitch if they are subjected to further racist abuse.

Quit threat: Kevin Prince Boateng says he is not afraid to leave AC Milan

Quit threat: Kevin Prince Boateng says he is not afraid to leave AC Milan

Boateng has, however, revealed he could be forced to turn his back on the Serie A club after telling Germany's Bild newspaper he is now considering whether to leave Italy during the current transfer window.

'It's not something which you can just shake off,' he said.

'I will sleep on it for the next three nights and then sit down with my agent Roger Wittmann next week.

'We will have to see if it's really worth carrying on playing in Italy.'

The Italian FA responded to the incident by announcing they would conduct an investigation while Boateng, who is contracted at San Siro until 2014, has received widespread support from around the football world.

Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince Boateng

Final straw: Boateng admitted he had endured enough racist abuse and wanted to make a stand

The midfielder said he was 'proud' that his team-mates had joined him in boycotting the the match. Boateng revealed also that the chants started before the game commenced, but after 26 minutes, he had had enough.

'I could hear the first monkey calls after five minutes when I was on the ball,' he said.
'At first, I didn't think anything of it, but then it happened over and over again. I went to the referee and told him that if I hear it again, then I'd quit.

'He tried to calm me down. When it started again in the 26th minute with the monkey calls, then I thought 'that's it, I'm not carrying on'.'

I'd do it again! Boateng insists he would leave the field in a Champions League clash

I'd do it again! Boateng insists he would leave the field in a Champions League clash

Boateng told CNN yesterday that he would walk off the pitch again should he face further racist chants – despite FIFA and UEFA warning players against that action.

Boateng said he wanted to send out a message that racism would not be tolerated.
'It's easy to just turn a blind eye; taking action is more difficult,' he added.

'I would have done the very same thing had it been a Champions League match against Real Madrid – and I will always do it.

'I was angry, sad, shocked. For things like this still to happen in 2013 is a disgrace, not just for Italy, but for football in the whole world.

'I wanted to send out a signal to the whole world that things cannot go on like this.

'We need to open our eyes. Enough is enough. Racism has no place in football.'

VIDEO Boateng leads AC Milan teammates off the pitch on Thursday

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Aleksandar Kolarov allegedly involved in race row with fan during Newcastle game

Police to question City and Serbia ace Kolarov over claims racist language was used during spat with fan over Albania flag

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UPDATED:

00:11 GMT, 16 December 2012

Police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse after Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov became involved in a heated exchange with a spectator at St James' Park.

It is understood 27-year-old Serbia
international Kolarov became involved in a lengthy exchange with a
supporter carrying an Albania flag as he warmed up on the sideline
during the game.

Northumbria Police confirmed they had received a complaint in the wake of City's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle.

A spokesman said: 'Northumbria Police has received a report of racist language having been used at the St James' Park stadium during the Newcastle United v Manchester City match today.

Flare up: Aleksandar Kolarov is believed to have been involved in a spat with fans

Flare up: Aleksandar Kolarov is believed to have been involved in a spat with fans

'Northumbria Police takes such allegations extremely seriously and enquiries are ongoing into the incident.'

Neither club was commenting on the matter, although it is understood that Kolarov will be spoken to by police next week.

There is a long history of tension between Serbia and Albania, particularly over the disputed Kosovo region.

Sent tumbling: Aleksandar Kolarov is bundled over by Danny Simpson

Sent tumbling: Aleksandar Kolarov is bundled over by Danny Simpson

Sea of blue: City fans lit a flare during the match

Sea of blue: City fans lit a flare during the match

The defender was introduced as a
37th-minute replacement for the injured Samir Nasri, but was also
substituted 18 minutes from time after picking up a knock.

In an unrelated incident this afternoon, it is believed a flare was thrown from the Manchester City section into the Newcastle end. No one was injured.

Sergio Aguero and Javi Garcia opened the scoring for City, handing the champions a two-goal cushion going into the break.

Demba Ba offered the home crowd hope when he put the ball beyond Joe Hart's reach after some slack defending from City.

But Yaya Toure, who netted a marvellous brace when City visited Tyneside late last season, cleverly prodded a Pablo Zabaleta cross through the legs of Tim Krul to wrap up all three points.

The alleged incident involving Kolarov comes less than a week after ugly scenes marred a scintillating Manchester derby on Sunday.

After Robin van Persie's late goal sealed victory for United at the Etihad, Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin thrown from the City fans' section as he celebrated, which opened up a nasty-looking gash above the defender's left eye.

Another one: Yaya Toure scored City's third to seal the victory

Another one: Yaya Toure scored City's third to seal the victory

Too easy: Sergio Aguero knocked home a sumptuous ball from Samir Nasri

Too easy: Sergio Aguero knocked home a sumptuous ball from Samir Nasri

FA"s 92-point action plan to rid football of racism with quotas for referees and coaches

SPORTSMAIL EXCLUSIVE: We'll kick out the bigots… FA's 92-point action plan to rid football of the scourge of racism
The Football Association will introduce ethnic quotas for referees and coaches early in the new year
The latest video technology, including spy cameras, will be used to catch racist fansTough crackdown on offending clubsMoves to increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people

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UPDATED:

23:42 GMT, 12 December 2012

English football will introduce quotas for referees and coaches as part of an unprecedented campaign to tackle racism.

The plan will be adopted early in the new year and include the demand that at least 10 per cent of entry level officials and coaches throughout the game are from ethnic minorities.

There will also be moves to increase the involvement of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in all forms of football, while Asian role models will be sought to encourage Asian children to play the game.

Confidential hotlines will be set up for players to report any form of bullying and discrimination, and fans will be able to text, email or maybe even tweet their complaints about any form of racism.

Race disgrace: John Terry (covering mouth) was banned for abusing Anton Ferdinand

Race disgrace: John Terry (covering mouth) was banned for abusing Anton Ferdinand

In addition, the latest video and audio technology will be used to identify supporters guilty of racist gestures or chanting at matches.

The far-reaching plan comes after a period in which football has been scarred by the racist behaviour of John Terry and Luis Suarez, and by the false accusation of racial abuse levelled at referee Mark Clattenburg.

PFA back ban call

The Professional Footballers’ Association will support the FA proposal of a minimum five-game ban for racist abuse.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: ‘We want to illustrate the seriousness of our approach to this issue.’

The extent of the fight against racism can be revealed by Sportsmail, who have seen the FA’s 92-point Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan.

FA chairman David Bernstein has also given his personal guarantee in a letter to Culture Secretary Maria Miller, copied to Prime Minister David Cameron, that all the recommendations will be carried out once they have been rubber-stamped by football’s stakeholders.

The anti-racism education process being introduced will not just involve cultural lessons for overseas players and managers coming to England.

All sections of the game, including match stewards, will be given advice on how best to combat discrimination and the procedures to follow when it happens.

The FA will also establish an Inclusion Advisory Board to provide guidance on all equality matters and monitor the implementation of the plan.

Flashpoint: Luis Suarez (left) was in an ugly clash with Patrice Evra last season

Flashpoint: Luis Suarez (left) was in an ugly clash with Patrice Evra last season

The document has been distributed to all 92 League clubs, who will be expected to sign the charter for action against homophobia and transphobia launched by the Government last year.

Contracts with players and managers will have a mandatory reference to behaving in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner.

A timetable has been set out as far ahead as the 2017-18 season as to when the 92 points will be implemented.

They start this month with the football organisations publicising the roles and responsibilities of each body — FA, Premier League, Football League, clubs, League Managers’ Associations, Professional Footballers’ Association and County FAs — in promoting inclusion and dealing with discrimination in football.

Also beginning immediately is the FA mandate that the proportion of ethnic minority coaches starting at the lowest level of qualification does not fall below 10 per cent.

And by season 2015-16: ‘The FA in conjunction with county FAs will ensure that 10 per cent of the referee workforce is from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, which is reflective of national demographics.’

Shirt shrift: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott refuses to wear a Kick It Out top

Shirt shrift: Manchester City's Joleon Lescott refuses to wear a Kick It Out top

The proposals are the FA’s response to
the Prime Minister calling for the game to take tougher action after an
anti-racism-in-football summit last February.

Bernstein is making the fight against racism his personal FA legacy before he stands down next May. In his letter to Miller he writes: ‘Let me give you my own personal reassurance that this is an issue at the very top of my agenda.

‘It is one that I know we are all determined to address both speedily and collaboratively subject to the approvals processes of our respective organisations.

‘There is no doubt that recent events have brought into sharp relief the impact that race and other forms of discrimination can still have on the game. Incidents involving high-profile players cast a shadow over the sport and can undermine much of the collective good work achieved.

‘Despite the substantial progress English football has made in this area over many years we fully recognise that the work to eliminate discrimination based on race, ethnic origin, colour and nationality is still not complete.’

Official inquiry: The FA want more non-white referees to follow Uriah Rennie

Official inquiry: The FA want more non-white referees to follow Uriah Rennie

Bernstein was referring to the Terry, Suarez and Clattenburg cases and the FA plan seeks to prevent any repetition.

The hotline strategy follows Jason Roberts’ complaints about some black players not trusting the authorities to fight racism.

To counter that lack of faith in the authorities, the planned support structure will ‘ensure those who wish to report incidents of discrimination or bullying within the game, whether trainees, players, coaches, managers, other employees or fans, can do so in confidence and receive the support they may require’.

Ironically Bernstein also puts on record his strong support for anti-racism group Kick It Out, whose chairman Lord Ouseley has threatened to quit the FA Council in protest at their ‘mealy- mouthed’ response to the Terry and Suarez issues.

The recommendations may be tweaked after feedback from stakeholders. But they are broadly expected to be introduced following club meetings next February. It is envisaged that the final version will be presented in a ‘more user friendly and punchy format’.

Crackdown: Chelsea banned this supporter for making a gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck

Crackdown: Chelsea banned this supporter for making a gesture at Manchester United's Danny Welbeck

Other key proposals include:

The Football League introducing mandatory minimum standard club codes of conduct.Social media guidelines for players and club staff to follow throughout professional football.Crowd management measures to guide professional and semi- professional clubs.Mandatory lessons for all to educate and change attitudes and ensure they are informed of the procedures to follow when incidents occur.Closer working relationships with police over hate crime in football incidents.Football authorities to discipline clubs who repeatedly fail to sanction employers who breach code of conduct, or deal adequately with fans in relation to discriminatory language or behaviour.A review of the recruitment process for managers and coaches at the top level.New programmes to help black and Asian coaches gain qualifications to challenge for top professional roles.Talent programmes specifically for Asian men and boys and the promotion of Asian male and female role models.Improve the reporting and analysis of in-stadium offences.

The FA are not just attempting to eradicate racism in their grand plan.

The commitment is to ‘promote inclusion and eliminate discrimination whether by reason of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, ability or disability’.

Ugliness has tarnished football: month-by-month

Romelu Lukaku race case: Liam Jones arrested on suspicion of monkey gesture

Sunderland fan released on bail after being quizzed over allegedly making racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

12:45 GMT, 29 November 2012

Accused: Liam Jones pictured after leaving Gilbridge Police station in Sunderland

Accused: Liam Jones pictured after leaving Gilbridge Police station in Sunderland

An amateur kick boxer has been released on bail following his arrest for suspicion of racial abuse towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku.

Liam Jones was quizzed by police in Sunderland after he was pictured appearing to make a monkey gesture towards the Chelsea loan striker after he scored during Saturday’s 4-2 win.

Jones – who has the nickname Charlie Bucket – was released from a police station in Sunderland, and went to meet a friend outside a pub.

When approached for a comment said: ‘What do you want to know’ before his friend urged him not to say anything and he walked off.

The 21-year-old is an amateur martial arts fighter and is dubbed Charlie Bucket because he is the corner man for his brother who is a keen fighter.

Jones is unemployed and lives on his own in a flat in Sunderland. One friend told the Daily Mirror: 'He often trains in his flat with others.

Gesture: Liam Jones is seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: Liam Jones is seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Investigation: Police in the north-east launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

'He is known as Charlie Bucket because his brother is also a keen fighter and Liam carries the bucket for him into the ring.'

Police confirmed a 21-year-old man was on police bail after being held on suspicion of racially aggravated intentional harassment.

Sunderland said Jones had been banned from the stadium ‘until the result of the investigation is known'.

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

On Tuesday, Lukaku was asked about the abuse and he replied: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t want to talk about it.'

It follows Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham, 28, being held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence after gesturing at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on October 31.

Stan Collymore – Man arrested for Twitter abuse of former footballer

Collymore thanks police for acting quickly after receiving MORE racist abuse on Twitter

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17:41 GMT, 27 November 2012

A new wave of controversy has hit football after Stan Collymore reported a racially abusive tweet on Twitter.

Northumbria police arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the alleged racist tweet, which was sent on Tuesday morning.

The authorities are questioning the Sunderland man, and Collymore tweeted his thanks, saying: ‘Many thanks to Greater Manchester and Northumbria Police forces for their prompt response to racism on Twitter.’

Incident: Stan Collymore was sent racial abuse on Twitter again and an arrest has been made

Incident: Stan Collymore was sent racial abuse on Twitter again and an arrest has been made

Northumbria police said: 'A 21-year-old Sunderland man has been arrested on suspicion of publishing written material to stir up racial hatred and is currently in police custody helping police with their enquiries.'

It is not the first time the Talksport pundit has been subjected to racist abuse on Twitter, but he has been successful in bringing abusers to justice.

Grateful: Collymore's was pleased the police acted so promptly

Grateful: Collymore's was pleased the police acted so promptly

Earlier this year 21-year-old Joshua Cryer, from Jesmond, received a two-year community order.

Cryer, who was studying law at
Newcastle University at the time, pleaded guilty to tweeting racial
abuse at the former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Fulham player.

The university conducted a disciplinary hearing but the result has not been made public.