Football is in serious trouble according to a new report.
Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out have issued a report which reveals that cases of discrimination across English football is on the rise, according to the BBC.
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The report has been released within weeks of the ugly incidents in Paris where a group of Chelsea fans were filmed chanting about being racists, whilst also preventing a black man from boarding the metro, ahead of their Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain. And the findings from the organisation suggest that this is not an isolated event.
It has been revealed that 184 complaints of discrimination were made between August and December 2014, a rise of 48 from the same period the previous year.
Racism was the most common case, with 117 incidents, while anti-Semitism – which is also currently in the headlines with West Ham fans currently under investigation following some unsavoury events at Tottenham – is the second highest cause for complaint with 32 incidents.
Incidents of sexism and homophobia also rose amongst the figures, which cover both professional and grassroots football.