Liverpool FC has welcomed new Premier League anti-discrimination measures for the 2021-22 season, which reinforces the important work that the club has been doing to tackle discrimination.
LFC is committed to eradicating all forms of abuse and discrimination, both online and in-stadium. The club has worked closely with Spirit of Shankly (the supporters trust) and the Football Supporters’ Association to develop and implement a robust and transparent sanctions process that has been in place since 2019.
Aligned with the club’s work within Red Together, which encompasses LFC’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, the sanctions process strives to be at the forefront and, when appropriate, focuses on education rather than punishment alone.
LFC, along with the other 19 Premier League clubs, fully supports the Premier League’s commitment to tackling abuse or discrimination and will be implementing the new measures alongside its own official sanctions process.
The updated sanctions will be imposed for any individual who is proven to have behaved in an abusive or discriminatory way either online or in person towards any club employee, player, match official, matchday steward or supporters. These enforceable measures include tougher actions for perpetrators, including permanent bans from all Premier League matches, not just the club they support.
Any reported allegation of abusive or discriminatory behaviour will continue to be investigated by the club with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators.
The Premier League clubs’ joint commitment will also establish a system whereby clubs work together and share information to allow mutual enforcement of sanctions and ensure they are applied effectively to all matches.
To report and log any incidences of abuse both online and in-stadium, please visit liverpoolfc.com/reportabuse.