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Together against discrimination

7 August 2021

The EFL and English football should be for everyone. Football has the power to unite and inspire us. But we do not accept racism or any form of discrimination and abuse in our game - Not Today or Any Day.

The EFL is coming together – with players, clubs and fans – to tackle racism and discrimination as one. Football is a game with many opinions.

But those who do not share our opinion on removing racism and discrimination from our game are not welcome. Because we are all #TogetherAgainstDiscrimination.

  • Football is a game of many opinions - but those who do not share the opinion of removing all forms of discrimination in the game are not welcome.
  • We have heard the message from players who wish to take the knee loud and clear, and they have the EFL’s support.
  • Likewise, we support any individuals who take a stand against prejudice in other ways, and we must show respect and support to our Clubs and players whichever way they choose.
  • The message is clear – prejudice and abuse – whether in the street, in the stadium or online has no place in society - and we will not accept it.
  • Fans also have a central role to play in combatting discrimination - be it reporting incidents, calling out abuse or simply considering each other’s experiences.
  • Promoting diversity is a key objective for the EFL - we want a game that is inclusive for everyone
  • The EFL and its clubs continue to deliver the established Equality Code of Practice, managerial recruitment code and our League-wide Inclusion Plan
  • The League has a dedicated security operations function that works with law enforcement authorities and offers guidance on tackling hate crime and discrimination
  • The League continues its efforts to combat online abuse via the Football Online Hate Working Group and collective efforts to lobby Government and social media companies

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