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Sunday 20 August 2017

Racism rife in English football, says report

Racism is widespread in English football, with police having to deal with hundreds of incidents from the top of the game right down to grassroots level, an investigation has revealed.

It also showed Chelsea fans were involved in the greatest number of racist incidents in travelling to and from matches on trains.

The investigation follows the case of a black man who was prevented from boarding a train in Paris (inset) by Chelsea fans as they sang a racist song.

Information gathered from 24 police forces in Britain shows there have been more than 350 incidents since 2012.

British Transport Police said that since 2012 it had dealt with 15 incidents of alleged racism involving Chelsea fans.

Manchester United was second with 10 incidents followed by Leeds with 10, West Ham with eight and Arsenal and Portsmouth with four.

Greater Manchester police reported 46 incidents, which included a man cleaning a toilet in a stadium being told "that's a f***ing black man's job, you f***ing n*****".

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