Racism is the belief that because people are a different colour, or from another country or part of the world, they are inferior but racist behaviour also includes threatening, abusing or insulting a person because of their colour, race, nationality or creed.
Blackpool Football Club practices a zero tolerance policy towards racism and racial abuse and we ask all supporters to join with us to promote racial awareness in an environment, which all individuals can feel comfortable.
So what can you do to help:
- If you hear racial chanting ie: the repeated uttering of words, whether alone or with others (the police will often require evidence of the same words being repeated three times) or
- You hear individuals or groups who repeatedly utter racist abuse then you should report it, either:
a)To the nearest steward
b)To the nearest Police Officer
c)If neither are near enough and you have a mobile phone then ring 0800 16 99 414. Please note this number will connect you to the Kick It Out Help Line.
Consideration must then be given by the person to whom you have complained, as to what action is appropriate. It could be that:
1.The steward reports the complaint to the supervisor for his attention
2.The offender's seat number and location is taken for further observation to be made
3.The offender is given advice or a warning
4.The offender is ejected and/or arrested by police, which may lead to prosecution and being banned from the club
Remember, we must have good evidence before the latter is achievable.
All reports of racist crime will be followed up by the police and/or club by the most appropriate method which could extend to lip reading by camera.
Racism has no place at Blackpool Football Club. We're bigger than that!!