This is Premier League: Tackling discrimination

19 Jan 2020
Watford's Rainbow Laces display at Vicarage Road

The Premier League is committed to equality and diversity in the game and beyond

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The Premier League and its clubs are committed to equality and diversity and work to combat discrimination in all its forms.

This is highlighted in two high-profile campaigns that promote how football has the power to bring us together.

- The Premier League works with various partners including Kick It Out on the No Room For Racism campaign
- Together with Stonewall, the Premier League promotes LGBT inclusion through Rainbow Laces
- These campaigns underline that discrimination will not be tolerated as well as encouraging fans to report discriminatory behaviour
- They form part of wider equality work that the Premier League and football stakeholders are undertaking

The Premier League's No Room For Racism campaign promotes the continuing work taking place with all our clubs, fans, The FA, EFL, PFA, Kick It Out and the police to tackle discrimination across all areas of football.

No Room For Racism emphasises racist conduct is not tolerated in football and urges supporters to take action by reporting it.

No Room For Racism
No Room For Racism branding was visible at every Premier League fixture across Matchweeks 9 and 10
Rainbow Laces support

The Premier League also proudly works with Stonewall and its Rainbow Laces campaign, supporting all LGBT people in football and beyond.

In December, Rainbow Laces branding was broadcast to a global audience at all Premier League fixtures.

The Premier League clubs also backed the campaign.

Gay comedian Tom Allen saw what West Ham United are doing to help their LGBT fan group, while Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho showed his support to Proud Lilywhites, the club's official LGBT supporters' group, via a video message.

The campaigns are part of the wider work undertaken by the Premier League and the football community to promote equality and tackle discrimination.

The clubs' work in this field goes beyond stadiums, with many working to help LGBT groups in their communities, while promoting diversity in primary schools via Premier League Primary Stars.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, the Premier League highlighted these activities in a letter to the Sports Minister Mims Davies MP.

- Football is reviewing how clubs sanction and educate offenders for incidents of fan discrimination at matches
- Football will review sanctions for discrimination in the grassroots and the professional game
- Football will improve steward training and create a best practice model for stadia operations
- Football will improve the flow of incident reporting
- Football will improve report, monitoring and disciplinary systems in the grassroots game
- Football will support BAME and other under-represented people into football professions
- Football will support the education system prioritising equality, diversity and inclusion learning in its schools programmes

Also in this series

Part 1: This is Premier League: The global game
Part 2: This is Premier League: Economic and social impact
Part 3: This is Premier League: Commitment to communities
Part 4: This is Premier League: Developing homegrown talent
Part 5: This is Premier League: Keeping tickets affordable

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