Foot­ball hate crime soars in Eng­land

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AFP) — Hate crime re­ports at foot­ball matches in Eng­land and Wales rose by al­most 50 per­cent dur­ing the 2018/19 sea­son com­pared to the pre­vi­ous cam­paign, govern­ment fig­ures showed on Thurs­day.

In­ci­dents of hate crime were re­ported at 193 matches be­tween Au­gust 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019, a 47 per­cent rise from 131 matches the year be­fore.

The govern­ment re­port said that of those in­ci­dents, 79 per­cent re­lated to race. It stated that the in­crease could be due to im­prove­ments in record­ing the data.

Over­all foot­ball-re­lated ar­rests dropped by 10 per­cent to 1,381.

A spate of in­ci­dents marred matches last sea­son.

Manch­ester City for­ward Ra­heem Ster­ling was the vic­tim of al­leged racist abuse in a match at Chelsea while Arse­nal’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang had a ba­nana skin thrown at him by a Tot­ten­ham fan.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Mark Roberts, the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs Coun­cil foot­ball polic­ing lead, said in a state­ment to the Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “Hate crime is on the rise, and this re­flects some of the high-pro­file in­ci­dents re­ported over the past sea­son.


Arse­nal’s Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, right, cel­e­brates with his team­mates af­ter Arse­nal’s Joe Wil­lock, sec­ond right, scores his side’s open­ing goal dur­ing the Europa League Group F soc­cer match be­tween Ein­tra­cht Frankfurt and Arse­nal in the Com­merzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Ger­many, Thurs­day.

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