Exeter City is determined to ‘kick out’ discrimination and ensure football
is for everyone in Exeter.
Exeter City FC is disappointed to see the latest reports from our partner, Kick
it Out, which show that reports of racism in English football rose by 43% -
from 192 to 274 - last season.
Including all forms of discrimination, reports of abuse in professional and
grassroots football increased by 32% to 422, up from 319 during 2017-18. A
further 159 reports were received via social media.
Reports of faith-based discrimination - including Islamophobia and anti-
Semitism - rose by 75% from 36 to 63, a higher percentage than any other
form of abuse during the period.
It is the seventh consecutive year that reported incidents of discrimination
within football have increased, and the 581 total reports is more than double
the figure from five years ago.
Whilst recognising the increases in incidents and reporting, we as a club
remain committed to responding appropriately to reported incidents. This will
include our support to victims and appropriately dealing with supporters
whose behaviour is found to be unacceptable, including working with the
police where required.
More broadly the club is rightly proud of its ongoing work to create a diverse
and welcoming environment to watch and play the game we love, whilst also
working to challenge discrimination and prejudice.
Exeter City Football Club, Exeter City Supporters Trust, and CITY Community
Trust lead activities alongside a range of local communities and with key
organisations like Kick It Out to address all types of discrimination in football
including race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation.
If you witness any behaviour during a game, like racist or sexist chanting,
speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official, or contact the FA by
phone 0800 085 0508 or email: FootballforAll@TheFA.com .
You can also report via the Kick It Out website: www.kickitout.org or the Kick
It Out mobile app, which is free to download.
"On behalf of our Club I urge all supporters to follow the advice
In the recent EFL awards our Club was complimented on its friendly welcome
to all who visit St James Park.
We are proud that our endeavours to be a family friendly Community Club
have been recognised and , with your help, we will continue to support our
Club with passion, positivity and respect for all."
Elaine Davis, Trustee and; Director for Community Engagement .