Incidents list reported to Fare during June 201601 July 2016

The following incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to Fare during June 2016. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred.

All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eye-witness or media accounts. A Fare observer scheme is also currently in place at UEFA Champions and Europa League and FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia preliminary competition to monitor discriminatory behaviour.

Fare has third party reporting status with UEFA, and FIFA on international matches, and at a national level we can support incident reports made by our members.

The general public can keep us informed of national and international level incidents through the reporting form here.

01 June 2016 – Ireland national team: Martin O’Neill

Speaking to Matt Cooper on the Last Word on Today FM at Cork’s Opera House, the Irish national team coach Martin O’Neill made homophobic remarks.

03 June 2016 – Argentinian Liga Concordiense de Fútbol: Club Atlético Victoria v Club Salto Grande

Club Atlético Victoria made sexist remarks during a post match interview directed at the match lineswoman

04 June 2016 – Spanish men

A group of Spanish men assaulted and attacked three female fans of the Spanish national team.

06 June 2016 – CONCACAF Copa América Centenario: Mexico v Uruguay

Mexico fans chanted homophobic slurs as the Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera prepared to take his goal kicks.

08 June 2016 – CONCACAF Copa América Centenario: Todo Sport

Peruvian sports newspaper Todo Sport made a racist front page comparing Ecuadorians with monkeys ahead of the Copa América Centenario Ecuador v Peru.

10 June 2016 – CONCACAF Copa América Centenario: Mexico v Jamaica

Mexico fans chanted homophobic slurs directed at the Jamaica goalkeeper.

11 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: England v Russia

Russian fans displayed two far-right banners. One banner was containing SS-runes and a Celtic cross. A second banner was reading reading ‘Ziga-Zaga’. The expression is used by the far-right in Eastern Europe to substitute a Nazi salute ‘Sieg Heil’.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

11 June 2016 – Nigeria Football Federation: Seyi Akinwunmi

The First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, said the development of female football in Nigeria was being hampered by lesbianism practice. 

12 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: Turkey v Croatia

A group of Croatia fans were chanting a far-right chant. “Za dom – spremni!” (English: “For home(land) – ready!”) is a Croatian salute. The salute was used during World War II by the fascist Ustaše movement, who used it as their equivalent of the fascist salute or Nazi salute.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

14 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: English fans

A group of English fans mocked and ridiculed four Roma children begging in Lille.

14 June 2016 ­ – UEFA EURO 2016: Austria v Hungary

A group of Hungary fans were chanting “Conchita, Conchita”, referring to openly gay singer Conchita Wurst , to mock fouled Austrian players.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

16 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: German fans

A group of German fans assaulted and racially abused a Brazilian TV reporter and cameraman in Paris.

The incident was reported to the police.

17 June 2016 – Paul Gascoigne

Former England player Paul Gascoigne was summonsed to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court accused of racially aggravated abuse.

17 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: Czech Republic v Croatia

A group of Croatia fans were chanting a far-right chant. “Za dom – spremni!” (English: “For home(land) – ready!”) is a Croatian salute. The salute was used during World War II by the fascist Ustaše movement, who used it as their equivalent of the fascist salute or Nazi salute. Croatian fans also chanted a homophobic chant and displayed far right banners.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

21 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: Croatia v Spain

A Croatian fan displayed a far-right Ustasa flag. The Ustasa flag was the official flag of the fascist quisling state “Independent State of Croatia” during World War II.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

 21 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: Ukraine v Poland

Polish fans displayed an islamophobic banner containing the message “Defenders of European Culture”

Ukrainian fans displayed a nationalistic banner portraying a leader of World War II Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists Stepan Bandera.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

 25 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: Mlodziez Wszechpolska

Mlodziez Wszechpolska celebrated the EURO 2016 Switzerland v Poland match on 25 June with a racist graphic.

25 June 2016 – United States Major League Soccer: San Jose Earthquakes v LA Galaxy

Some San Jose Eathquakes fans chanted homophobic slurs at Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

26 June 2016 – UEFA EURO 2016: Andrzej Grajewski

Widzew Łódź former owner and football manager Andrzej Grajewski made a racist joke about Auschwitz during an interview to Polsat.

30 June 2016 – UEFA Europa League: KF Shkëndija v MKS Cracovia Kraków

A group of MKS Cracovia Kraków fans were chanting a discriminatory chant against Albanians.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

30 June 2016 – UEFA Europa League: Linfield FC v Cork City FC

Linfield fans sang several sectarian and discriminatory anti-Catholic songs.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

Social Media

Facebook/Tinder: Connor Mayes

Football referee created fake Tinder and Facebook profiles for three female match officials and used them to flirt with men for two years.

Facebook: Unnamed user

A follower of the Brazilian club América MG made sexist remarks, which also promoted a culture of rape, during a private conversation on the club’s Facebook page.

Twitter: Chris Stokes

Coventry defender Chris Stokes posted a homophobic remark on Twitter.

Twitter: German fans

Germany’s first female Euro commentator, Claudia Neumann, was subjected to sexist abuse after commentating the Italy v Sweden.

Twitter: Noel Gallager

The musician Noel Gallager made homophobic remarks about Russian hooliganism at Euro 2016.

Twitter: @urawatsubasa

A football supporter under the handle @urawatsubasa made a racist tweet targeting Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds Brazilian striker Caio

Sanctions

Club Victoria de Concordia: Oscar Sarmiento

Club Victoria de Concordia sacked the team manager Oscar Sarmiento over his sexist remarks during a match on 03 June.

The Football Association: Chris Stokes

The Football Association handed a one-game ban and fine £1,000 to Coventry City’s defender Chris Stokes for a homophobic remark on Twitter. 

The Football Association: Connor Mayes

Football referee Connor Mayes has been given a three-year ban for creating faking online profiles for three match officials and used them to flirt with men.

UEFA: Croatia Football Federation

UEFA have sanctioned the Croatia Football Federation €100,000 over crowd disturbances, use of fireworks, throwing of missiles and racist behavior during UEFA EURO 2016 match against Czech Republic on 17 June.

UEFA: Football Union of Russia

UEFA have sanctioned the Football Union of Russia with a €150,000 fine for charges related to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour.