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Premier League condemns abuse of Deeney

15 Feb 2023
Troy Deeney

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The Premier League condemns the racist abuse to which Troy Deeney was subjected last night.

Deeney, who is part of the Premier League's Black Participants' Advisory Group (BPAG), received the abuse after Birmingham City's 2-0 home defeat in the Championship by Cardiff City.

A Birmingham City statement said: "After the full-time whistle of Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship match against Cardiff City, Troy Deeney and a number of supporters have reported hearing the 34-year-old subjected to racist abuse.

"The club captain and those inside St. Andrew's identified this as coming from the home section of the Gil Merrick lower when players were leaving the field of play towards the players' tunnel.

"This incident has been referred to the relevant authorities and the club will assist in their investigation.

"Blues gives its full support to Troy and is appalled and saddened that yet again, one of our players is not safe from discrimination on the football pitch.

"There is no room for racism in the game.

"No further comment will be made at this time."

No Room For Racism

The incident came while the Premier League is highlighting its No Room For Racism initiative to tackle discrimination in the game and wider society.

Last week, the Premier League announced a two-year update on its No Room For Racism Action Plan, showing that progress has been made against all six pillars of the Action Plan, with targets set to ensure this momentum continues.

Online abuse reporting system

In June 2020, the League introduced a dedicated reporting system that players and others in the game can use to report any discriminatory tweet, post or direct message that they have received.

All reports received are fully investigated by the League's in-house legal team, with ongoing support provided for further action, including the banning and sanctioning of offenders. The legal team also works closely with the UK police and overseas authorities investigating cases. 

From the start of the 2022/23 season, the online abuse reporting system was made available to all Premier League clubs to feature on their official websites, providing fans with a function to directly report discriminatory abuse. 

We ask fans to challenge all forms of discrimination wherever they see it. 

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