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1 Jun 2021
TIPL The Fans NRFR Tyrick Mitchell

Clubs and players continue to play a vital role in challenging discriminatory behaviour and creating an inclusive football environment.

Players supported the Premier League's ongoing action against racism this season by sharing their own experiences of discrimination to help raise awareness of the issue.

Some of these stories have been added to the educational resources available to more than 18,000 primary schools through the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

Crystal Palace players Tyrick Mitchell (pictured) and Joel Ward were joined by women's player Leigh Nicol as they discussed the importance of allyship and showing support for others who face discrimination.

Mitchell says the threat of online abuse is one players have become accustomed to.

"In the back of my mind I’m kind of prepared for it if it happens," he said.

"I shouldn't have to think it might happen at some point. I should never have that feeling, but that's how it is now."

In response, Ward said: "You should never have to think, 'Oh I'm going to prepare myself for this,' because it shouldn't be happening. I hope if Tyrick ever did experience it, we can have a conversation because we're all in it together."


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