AnnouncementLFC reiterates zero tolerance on discriminatory chanting
Liverpool FC is reiterating its strong stance against homophobic, racist and discriminatory chanting, and all forms of abuse and discrimination, ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final.
As part of the club’s commitment to eradicate hate both online and in stadia, it is reminding fans of their responsibility to do the right thing and be aware of the potential consequences.
Earlier this year, the Crown Prosecution Service expanded their guidance to outline that homophobic chanting is classed as a hate crime, and perpetrators will face prosecution.
In addition to this, any LFC fan who is proven to have behaved in an abusive or discriminatory way either online or in person, will face action via LFC’s official sanctions process.
Established as part of the club’s Red Together work, which encompasses LFC’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, sanctions have already been issued against fans this season for discriminatory behaviour, as well as providing educational programmes, where appropriate.
In April last year, the club launched its anti-hate campaign – ‘Stop the Hate, Stand Up, Report It’ – which encouraged fans to take decisive action and report incidents of racism, hate and discriminatory abuse online.
In a bid to help eliminate abusive and discriminatory behaviour, which continues to plague the game, the club investigates all reports received and escalates to the relevant authorities to take action.
At the start of the season, Jürgen Klopp also met with Paul Amann, founder of LGBT+ supporters group Kop Outs, to discuss homophobic chanting and the impact it has on LGBT+ supporters and the wider community.
The pair, who sat down together after an incident of homophobic chanting at Norwich City, also discussed why offensive and inappropriate chanting should stop and why inclusivity in sport is so important. Watch their conversation below.
LFC would encourage fans to report any incidences of abuse or discrimination, both online and in person, at www.liverpoolfc.com/reportabuse.