Poor behaviour in football is increasing. Prejudice is on the rise. All forms of discrimination – including racist, sexist and homophobic abuse – is ruining our game.
We’re targeting discriminatory abuse in all its forms with a range of punishments. Tell us when it happens, and we’ll tackle it. Together we can put an end to discrimination in the grassroots game.
What counts as hate?
In grassroots football, hate is the expression of discrimination through verbal abuse, insulting gestures and prejudicial behaviour. The discrimination we’re targeting is words and actions that are racist, sexist or homophobic in nature.
What are the punishments?
We will take action against those who ruin the game for others. We’re absolutely clear about this. The action comes in the form of punishments for those players, clubs and supporters who behave in racist, sexist or homophobic ways.
• Players will be removed from play
• Players will be suspended for games
• Clubs can have points deducted
• Clubs can have their ground closed
• Spectators will be asked to leave
How do I report hate?
You’ll be making a big difference by reporting abusive behaviour whenever you see it or hear it. This can be reported at any time, even after the match has finished. To make this easy, there are four ways of telling us. Contact us here at the Lincolnshire FA (click here to report), you can tell the match official, use the Kick it Out App or report it via The FA Website.
For more information, please visit https://www.englandfootball.com/participate/explore/Reporting-Discrimination