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The worrying number of racist incidents reported to Greater Manchester police during football matches – and are only increasing

The number of racist incidents in football matches in Greater Manchester has almost doubled over four seasons, according to an exclusive survey.

22 such incidents were recorded by the Greater Manchester police in 2018/19, compared to 14 in 2015/16.

In 2016/17 there were 12 such incidents and in 2017/18 there were 17.

Just this week, Bolton Wanderers has banned a fan for allegedly racist abuse in a game on New Years Day.

In matches across the country, there have been a number of high-profile racist incidents, the latest of which was the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea in the run-up to Christmas.

The racist chant and the noises of the monkeys against Antonio Rudiger led to the pause of the game.

The incident took place only two weeks after the Manchester derby also saw racist abuse players.

Not long before, incidents had been reported during the Everton-Spurs game, while in October, players actually left the pitch during the England Cup game between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town when the Haringey goalkeeper was racially abused.

Figures obtained by the Reach Data Unit team using Freedom of Information requests suggest that the number of accidents has almost doubled in just four seasons.

A request for the number of racist incidents reported by football match officials in the past four seasons has been sent to all police forces covering a Premier League or Football League club.

A total of 12 forces were able to supply data: Cleveland, Devon and Cornwall, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Leicestershire, Merseyside, Norfolk and Wiltshere.

Season // Accidents

  • 15/16 // 33
  • 16/17 // 32
  • 17/18 // 42
  • 18/19 // 63

There were 63 incidents recorded by those forces in 2018/19.

It increased compared to 42 in 2017/18, 32 in 2016/17 and 33 in 2015/16.

It’s a 91% increase in just four seasons.

Official data from the Ministry of the Interior paint a similar picture.

193 episodes of racial hate crime were reported across the country in 2018/19, up 47% from 131 the previous year.

However, unlike the figures obtained through the Freedom of Information from the M.E.N, these figures date back only to 2017/18.

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