Football Association Launches Films Urging Players And Fans To Report Discrimination
The FA has launched a series of animated films as part of a campaign aimed at ending "the under-reporting of discrimination" by players and fans at all levels, according to the London GUARDIAN. The "Hear it; See it; Report it" campaign "follows the release of survey results showing more than half of all professional footballers in England have either witnessed or been subjected to racist abuse in stadiums." The poll of 200 players in the Premier League and Football League also revealed 39% of players have witnessed homophobic abuse -- "yet not all were aware of the best ways to report it." The new videos, featuring artwork by the Observer's Paul Trevillion and fronted by former England players Graeme Le Saux and Dion Dublin, "encourage players, staff and fans to be proactive" (GUARDIAN, 3/22).