Virtual Conference – Hate Crime in Football

Wednesday 16 June 2021, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm GMT, online (UK)


Sport and sporting events can often be the context within which hate crimes happen. Incidents of hate crime connected to 287 football matches in England and Wales were reported in 2019-20, according to Home Office figures. Of those incidents, 75% related to race (214 matches), while 27% related to sexual orientation (78 matches). Compared to the previous season, arrests for racist or indecent chanting more than doubled from 14 to 35, despite hundreds of matches being cancelled or played without fans because of the covid-19 pandemic. The aim of this conference is to discuss the scope of the problem and to identify best strategies to tackle hate crime in football.


12:00 – 12:10pm Welcome – Chair, BSC Hate Crime Network

12:10 – 13:00pm Keynote Speaker – Di Cunningham, Founder of Proud Canaries

13:00 – 14:00pm Panel Session 1: Racism and Islamophobia in football

Chair: Dr Ben Colliver

Panel members:

      • Professor Imran Awan, Professor in Criminology BCU and Dr Irene Zempi, Senior Lecturer in Criminology NTU
      • Tajean Hutton, Grassroots Manager, Kick It Out
      • Arran Williams, Manager Diversity and Inclusion, FA

14:00 – 14:30pm Break

14:30 – 15:30pm Panel session 2: Homophobia and transphobia in football

Chair: Dr Irene Zempi

Panel members:

      • Dr Ben Colliver, Lecturer in Criminology, BCUNaomi Reid, Communications Lead and Player, Charlton Invicta F.C.
      • Dr Michael Seeraj, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Charlton Athletic FC & Trust/Chair, English Football League (EFL) Regional EDI Forum

15:30 – 16:00pm Close – Chair, BSC Hate Crime Network


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