Aston Villa fans top list of hate crime reports during 2019-20 season

Aston Villa fans top list of hate crime reports during 2019-20 season

The club-by-club information obtained under Freedom of Information request. Aston Villa fans reported for alleged hate crimes on more occasions than supporters of any other club in the 2019-20 season, according to Home Office data.

Fans of midlands club reported on 13 occasions, data obtained by PA news agency under Freedom of Information request shows.

They reported for seven incidents related to race, five related to sexual orientation and one associated with religion.

Three clubs’ fans – Wolves, Leeds and Tottenham – subject of 10 reports each. While Chelsea fans reported nine times.

The Home Office announced two months ago that there had 319 incidents of hate crime reported at 287 of the 2,663 matches in England and Wales in 2019-20 season.

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The reports came to the UK Football Policing Unit from either the Football Association or anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

The FOI offers some insight as to when and where reports made. Although it does not clarify whether clubs reported their own fans on any or every occasion.

All 10 of the reports assigned to Wolves related to race, while eight of those attributed to Leeds were also racist in nature, with two related to sexual orientation.

Six of Spurs’ reports were for racism-related offences, one related to religion and three to sexual orientation.

Chelsea’s nine reports made up of three for racism, four for religion and two for sexual orientation.

A group of eight clubs subject of seven reports each, according to the data. They Manchester City, Sheffield United, Everton, Millwall, Leicester, Burnley, Portsmouth and Tranmere.

A number of reports not definitively assigned to a club, so do not feature in club-by-club data.

FOI request also found that just four reports of hate crime made related to matches played. When the professional game resumed in June and July. Even though online incidents included in data for the first time.

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A plane with a White Lives Matter Burnley banner was flown over the Etihad Stadium before the Manchester City v Burnley Premier League match on June 22
Plane with White Lives Matter Burnley banner flown over the Etihad Stadium. Before Manchester City v Burnley Premier League match on June 22 (Shaun Botterill/NMC Pool/PA)

One of four matches where a report made Manchester City v Burnley match on June 22. When Home Office data shows a Burnley supporter reported over an incident related to race.

This match where a plane flew over the Etihad Stadium. Just before kick-off with a banner displaying the words ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’.

The incident happened as players on the pitch were taking the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Aston Villa fans top list of hate crime reports during 2019-20 season

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