Incidents list reported to Fare during December 2017

The following incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to Fare during December 2017. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred.

All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eyewitness or media accounts. A Fare observer scheme is also currently at place at UEFA club competitions 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.

6 December 2017 – CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana: Independiente v Flamengo

A group of Independiente fans made monkey gestures towards the Flamengo fans during the match.

06 December 2017 - UEFA Youth League: Liverpool v Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow player Leonid Mironov racially abused Liverpool player Rhian Brewster.

12 December 2017 - Football Association of Wales: Jonathan Ford

Welsh Football Association CEO made a racist comment by suggesting that no English managers would be selected to become the next Wales national team coach.

13 December 2017 – CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana: Flamengo v Independiente

An Independiente fan directed monkey gestures towards Flamengo fans during the match.

13 December 2017 - Ecuadorian Primera A: Emelec v Delfín

A group of Emelec fans racially abused Delfín player Roberto Ordóñez.

15 December 2017 - Santiago Morning: Hernán Muñoz and Luis Faúndez

Santiago Morning captain Hernán Muñoz made sexist comments about the possibility of being managed by female coach Paula Navarro, saying he would not agree to have in the men's dressing room.

The Vice-President of the Chilean club Luis Faúndez was also against having a woman as the first team's coach.

16 December 2017 – Manchester City: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling was attacked and racially abused outside Manchester City’s training ground during preparation for their match against Tottenham Hotspur.

17 December 2017 – Dutch Eredivisie: AZ v Ajax

AZ fans sang anti-Semitic chants during the match directed at Ajax fans.

19 December 2017 – Football Association of Singapore

The Singaporean FA has been accused of age discrimination after they passed legislation that will limit the number of older footballers playing in Singapore.

20 December 2017 – Voetbal Inside: Rene van der Gijp

Rene van der Gijp co-host in Dutch football TV show made homophobic comments during a Voetbal Inside programme. Dutch politician calls for a boycott from advertisers in response to the comments.

26 December 2017 – English Conference Premier League: Eastleigh FC v Torquay United

Torquay United fans made monkey noises during the match.

26 December 2017 – English Championship: Millwall v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Home fans racially abused players and staff from Wolverhampton.

27 December 2017 – Belgian First Division: Kortrijk v Standard Liege

Standard Liege player Uche Agbo was racially abused by Kortijk fans.

29 December 2017 – Iran Persian Gulf Pro League: Persepolis Tehran v Tractor Sazi Tabriz

A group of Persepolis fans made racist slurs against Azerbaijani people.

29 December 2017 – Italian Serie A: Hellas Verona v Juventus 

A group of Hellas Verona fans racially abused Juventus French player Blais Matuidi.

Social Media

Instagram/ Twitter: Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann caused outrage after posting a photograph of himself blackface as part of a fancy dress costume.


CONMEBOL: Independiente

Independiente received a fine of $15,000 and a warning of more severe punishments if racist incidents occur in the future after the racism that took place against Flamengo on the 6th December 2017.

FIFA: Croatia FA

Croatia have been sanctioned CHF 30,000 and received a warning for their fan's discriminatory chants during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Croatia v Greece on 9 November 2017.

Brighton Magistrates Court: Crystal Palace fan

A Crystal Palace fan has received a three-year ban for homophobia directed at Brighton and Hove Albion supporters.

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