A report has been published on early Tuesday morning, which ranks football clubs for hate crime reports in the 2019/20 season.
Aston Villa fans were reported for alleged hate crimes on more occasions than supporters of any other club in the 2019-20 season, according to Home Office data.
Supporters of the club were reported on 13 occasions, data obtained by the PA news agency under a Freedom of Information request showed.
They were reported for seven incidents related to race, five related to sexual orientation and one associated to religion.
Fans of Wolves, Leeds and Tottenham were the subject often reports each, while Chelsea fans were reported a total of nine times.
The Home Office revealed two months ago that there had been 319 incidents of hate crime reported at 287 of the 2,663 matches in England and Wales in the 2019-20 season.
The reports came to the UK Football Policing Unit from either the Football Association or anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.
The FOI offered insight as to when and where the reports were issued, although it didn’t clarify whether clubs reported their own fans on any or every occasion.
All ten of the reports assigned to Wolves related to race, while eight of those attributed to Leeds were also racist in nature, with two for sexual orientation.
Six of Tottenham‘s reports were for racism-related offences, one related to religion and three to sexual orientation.
Chelsea’s nine reports were made up of three for racism, four for religion and two for sexual orientation.
Man City, Sheffield United, Everton, Millwall, Leicester, Burnley, Portsmouth and Tranmere were the subject of seven reports each, according to the data.
The FOI request also saw four reports of hate crime related to matches played when professional football returned back in June and July, even though online incidents were included in the data for the first time and we all know how bad it’s got on social media of late.
One of the four matches where a report was made was the Manchester City v Burnley match on June 22, when the Home Office data showed a Burnley supporter was reported over an incident related to race.
This was the match where a plane was flown over the Etihad just before kick-off with a banner displaying the words ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’.
The incident happened as players on the field were taking the knee in support of Black Lives Matter.
Instances of hate crime reports for Villa in 2019-20 season:
Bournemouth (at home), August 17, 2019 – one incident (sexual orientation).
Everton (at home), August 23, 2019 – two incidents (one sexual orientation, one race).
Arsenal (away), September 22, 2019 – two incidents (one race, one religion).
Brighton (at home), October 19, 2019 – two incidents (one sexual orientation, one race).
Liverpool (away), November 2, 2019 – one incident (race).
Chelsea (away), December 4, 2019 – one incident (race).
Leicester (home), December 8, 2019 – one incident (sexual orientation).
Norwich (home), December 26, 2019 – one incident (sexual orientation).
Watford (away), December 28, 2019 – one incident (race).
Crystal Palace (home), July 12, 2020 – one incident (race).
The Home Office has released data, hate crime from the start to the end of the previous campaign rose from 193 to 287, almost a 50 per cent increase, despite matches being played behind closed doors for the later stage.
Hate crimes against sexual orientation more than doubled, from 37 in 2018/19 to 78 last season.
Race hate crimes, meanwhile, increased from 152 to 214.
The number of new banning orders issued was also down, but again year-on-year comparisons can’t really be made.
A Home Office spokesperson told the PA news agency: “Hate crime has no place in football or anywhere else and we must all come together to confront it.
“The increase shown in these statistics is partly down to better recording and awareness, but we have no complacency in stamping out this evil from the game.
“We are bringing forward legislation to force social media companies to remove racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic abuse and we are working closer than ever before with the football authorities to bring perpetrators to justice.”
Whilst, the UK’s football policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police, described the hate crime data as “incredibly concerning”.
“We want to see this behaviour eradicated from football,” he said in a statement released to the PA news agency.
“We are working closely with Kick it Out, the Premier League and other partners, with a concerted effort to tackle hate crime both in the stadium and online.
“It is important the clubs and the leagues continue to ensure the police are made aware of all incidents so local forces can work with them to tackle the incidents as they occur.
“We are also working to help tackle the causes of hate crime, with a mixture of education, helping those involved to understand the harm it causes, and diversionary activities for young supporters.
“This will remain a focus until we are able to eliminate this vile behaviour and ensure a safe and friendly space for everyone to support and enjoy football.”
Find out who was among the top 20 for the 2019/20 below and on the next page…
Most football-related arrests by clubs in 2019/20 (England and Wales)
Leeds recorded more football-related arrests than any other club in England and Wales in the 2019/20 campaign, according to new figures released by the Home Office.
52 arrests were made, with 56% of them made at home games and the most common offence type were public disorder (19 arrests).
Birmingham had the second most recorded football-related arrests in the 2019/20 campaign, according to new figures released by the Home Office.
49 arrests were made, with 12% of them made at home games and the most common offence type were violent disorder (33 arrests).
Twenty men and two youths involved in ugly scenes at Leeds United’s match with Birmingham City last year have been sentenced for violent disorder, with the majority sent to prison and given football banning orders totalling more than 100 years.https://t.co/9kThNjgsxz pic.twitter.com/Kpz5bZ6zNv
— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) September 18, 2020
Bolton had the third highest recorded football-related arrests in the 2019/20 campaign, according to new figures released by the Home Office.
45 arrests were made, with 31% of them made at home games and the most common offence type were public disorder (20 arrests).
Aston Villa had the fourth highest recorded football-related arrests in the 2019/20 campaign, according to new figures released by the Home Office.
31 arrests were made, with 48% of them made at home games and the most common offence type were public disorder (17 arrests).
West Ham had the fifth most recorded football-related arrests in the 2019/20 campaign, according to new figures released by the Home Office.
30 arrests were made, with 53% of them made at home games and the most common offence type were throwing missiles (9 arrests).
— #GSBOUT Dan Lawless ⚒ (@TheLawless) July 27, 2019
THE REST OF THE TOP 20:
Manchester City – 29
Cardiff City – 27
Southampton – 26
Tottenham Hotspur – 25
Liverpool – 25
Burnley – 25
Portsmouth – 24
Leicester City – 24
Newcastle United – 23
Chelsea – 23
Millwall – 21
Manchester United – 21
Stoke City – 20
Sheffield United – 20
Everton – 19
Clubs with highest number of football banning orders in force, 2019/20 season compared to 2018/19 season
|Football club||2018/19 season||2018/19 season||2019/20 season||2019/20 season|
|Football banning orders||Ranking||Football banning orders||Ranking|
|West Ham||54||4 (joint)||51||2|
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Fans have reacted after a report ranks clubs for hate crime reports in 2019/20 season…
This man was responsible for 95% of the reports. pic.twitter.com/IDqzurVYrs
— Daniel Jones (@AVFCDaniel) November 24, 2020
The positive on this is that our fans are reporting it. Soon we will be one of the lowest
— Phil Hulbert (@hulbertron) November 24, 2020
Unfortunately the fact that it’s the minority has nothing to do with it. Minorities can have extremely loud voices and achieve the harm they set out to cause in the first place. I love it when people use the minority card.
— Glenn (@Alivirgtrentrob) November 24, 2020
Would be interesting to see how much of it is self-reported? From what I see, we are quick to call out poor standards and bigoted behaviour in our own fan base because we don’t want it.
— Dani 🕺🏻 (@beds_villafan) November 24, 2020