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 By PA Sport

Discrimination in English football rises again - Kick It Out report

Kick It Out campaign
Kick It Out has said there is 'still significant work to be done.'

Reports of discrimination in English football have risen for a fifth consecutive season, equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out has said.

The group received 469 reports of discrimination last season compared to 402 in 2015-16, equating to an increase of 16.7 percent.

Race accounted for 48 percent of those reports in 2016-17, with 21 percent related to anti-gay discrimination and 17 percent to do with faith.

The reports of discrimination came from Premier League, English Football League (EFL), Women's Super League, non-league and grassroots fixtures, as well as football-related messages on social media.

Of the 206 professional game reports received by Kick It Out, 56 percent took place in the Premier League, 34 percent in the EFL, nine percent at non-league level and one percent at international matches.

Kick It Out chief executive officer Roisin Wood said: "Kick It Out's reporting statistics for the 2016-17 season clearly indicate discrimination is still prevalent within the beautiful game.

"As we head towards the 25th anniversary of the organisation in August 2018, it is a timely reminder that there is still significant work to be done to ensure all participants can feel safe and included in the sport.

"Whilst the statistics show a large proportion of reporting taking place within the professional game, Kick It Out is aware of the vast scale of under-reporting within the grassroots game.

"Kick It Out actively encourages all those involved across the game to report any discrimination they witness or suffer."

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