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🚨 THREAD🚨Today we release our annual discrimination reporting stats for the 2018/19 season, which reveal a 32% rise in incidents across the professional game and grassroots reported to @kickitout.
Read the report in full here: https://t.co/fcr CUENj KS #Kick It Out pic.twitter.com/ut ZCVSYs BZ— Kick It Out (@kickitout) July 24, 2019 “It’s lawless at grassroots at the moment.
And Kick It Out’s numbers would have been even worse if it had not changed its approach to recording abuse on social media.
In the past, it has treated each discriminatory comment on a social media platform as an incident but is now only recording the initial comment in a post or thread, a change that saw the number of social media reports actually fall from 201 in 2017/18 to 159 last season.
A fresh clampdown to help better protect officials from abuse could eventually see the same laws being introduced in the professional game.
The mandatory rule change for referees will be implemented up to level five of the National League System - which includes the likes of the Combined Counties Premier Division - and tier three and below in women's football.
Mark Bullingham, the FA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "The trial showed a huge impact on behaviour that we want to roll out to the whole game and make it more enjoyable for everyone."Unlike cautions, which will continue to be issued for unsporting behaviour and other offences, players will not be required to pay the £10 administration fee for a single temporary dismissal.
A second temporary dismissal in a match will result in an exclusion from the game.
(Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images) Sin bins will be introduced by the Football Association across the grass-roots game after a trial in the new law saw a 40 percent reduction in dissent against referees.
Additionally, the three football bodies asked the minister and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to lead a working group on how to involve social media companies more in the fight against discrimination, an issue that has frustrated Kick It Out.
“It’s hard work – look at the hate speech that is allowed on those platforms,” said Townsend.
Results during the period showed a 38 percent total reduction in dissent across all leagues.
Meanwhile, 72 percent of players, 77 percent of managers and coaches, and 84 percent of referees said they wanted to continue with sin bins after the trial period.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Referee Mike Dean shows a 2nd yellow followed by a red card during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on December 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.