Racist Abuse is Deterring Black & Asian Fans06 October 2002

A poll commissioned by the English Football Association revealed that racist abuse at home is deterring black and Asian fans from attending domestic games.

According to the poll, 83 percent of Asian fans and 77 percent of Afro-Caribbean soccer followers thought that racist abuse aimed at black players was putting off more of the ethnic minorities from going to the games. It also found that 36% of Asian and 26% of black fans feel they are not given the same opportunity to play the game.

Even 54 percent of white fans agreed that racist abuse still existed in domestic soccer.

As if to confirm the findings, the Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was last month subjected to racist chanting by a minority of Newcastle United fans during a Premiership match at Stamford Bridge.

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