A string of recent racist incidents during high-profile football matches has prompted some of the game’s biggest names to hold a social media boycott in protest at the discrimination they routinely face. Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling, Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Arsenal forward Danielle Carter are among those who stayed away from social media as part of the Enough campaign, co-ordinated by the English Professional Footballers’ Association.
But bigotry is not confined to the upper echelons of the English game – players across Europe and beyond also regularly experience abuse from fans, teammates and coaches. Meanwhile youth players making their first forays into football face racist invective on the park, anti-racism campaigners say.
The Stream will take a look at an endemic problem many thought was a remnant of the ‘bad old days’ of football, and ask what action should be taken to kick racism and other discrimination out of the sport. Join the conversation.
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