Antisemitic incidents in football up by 14 per cent


Antisemitic incidents in football are on the rise, according to the latest figures.

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has reported a 14 per cent increase during the 2014-15 season, with 65 cases brought to the attention of the authorities.

This compares to 57 antisemitic incidents in the previous season, though the increase is lower than the 38 per cent overall rise in reports of discrimination.

Around 17 per cent of the total 393 reported incidents - and 96 per cent of the faith-based incidents reported - involved antisemitism, a figure which the Community Security Trust admitted was worrying.

However, CST deputy director of communications Dave Rich said the increase showed that more people were reporting incidents.

“This is pleasing,” he said. “We will continue to work closely with the FA and Kick It Out to ensure that incidents of antisemitism are dealt with properly when they occur, and we encourage more people to report incidents.”

A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies said: “We have been warning for some time about a renewed increase in racism on the football terraces.

“We call upon the FA and the clubs to take a stand against those who would tarnish the beautiful game with ugly racism.”

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