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Campaign launched to tackle online abuse

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Football’s leading anti-racism campaign group, Kick It Out, have launched a campaign to combat rising levels of discriminatory online abuse.

Hate-crime on the internet has been rising sharply, according to research conducted by Kick It Out – from March 2014 to August 2015 there were more than 95,000 discriminatory social media posts sent to Premier League footballers.

Kick It Out is now seeking to educate football fans about online abuse with it’s #KlickItOut campaign and encourage supporters to report abuse when they see it.

Roisin Wood Kick It Out director said: “We want this campaign to illustrate the level of discrimination that still occurs on social media that is a stain on football.

“We hope our campaign shows how serious the problem is and the devastating impact it can have on people. This problem needs to be addressed now.”

The campaign was launched today at a special event at Portcullis House, Westminster with a range of high profile figures from politics and football. 

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English football stands united in its determination to tackle racism and remove all forms of discrimination from our game. Throughout October and beyond, the FA, Premier League, EFL and Kick it Out will reinforce the message that hate and discrimination will not be tolerated at any level of football and action will be taken against perpetrators.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball