Reports of discrimination in English football rose 42% last season despite fans not attending some games amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The anti-discrimination charity says reports it received increased from 313 in 2018-19 to 446 in 2019-20. Reports of racism in the professional game rose 53% and those of abuse based on sexual orientation increased by 95%. A YouGov poll of 1,000 fans also found 71% had seen racism directed towards footballers on social media. The poll, commissioned by Kick It Out, also showed that 30% of fans had heard racist comments or chants at a match. Sanjay Bhandari, chair of Kick It Out said football had responded positively to the coronavirus pandemic and the death of George Floyd in the United States in May, which led to global protests.
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