The Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN), have welcomed results of Kick It Out’s ‘Tackling Discrimination’ survey, which showed that 84% of football fans see homophobia as an important issue.
The survey, which was completed by over 5,000 fans, was carried out by Populus and supported by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), Supporters Direct, Level Playing Field (LPF) and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN).
A series of questions to help Kick It Out form a blueprint for tackling discrimination in future years revealed that many fans were unclear about how to report incidents of discrimination and were scared of being singled out if they were seen to take action. Fans also called for reporting methods to be made clearer and for more options to be provided.
Chris Basiurski, GFSN Chair, said:
“It’s great to see such research from Kick It Out. Fans clearly agree that not only is discrimination wrong but that fans themselves, along with the football authorities, need to take responsibility for tackling the issue.
“We hope that all in the game take this research into account and that the people who are the bedrock of the game are crying out for more action against homophobia, racism, and all other forms of discrimination”
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