Liverpool have issued a guide to staff members – who engage with the public – highlight a list of ‘offensive’ and ‘unacceptable’ words in a bid to eradicate discrimination from the fans.
The handbook identifies common remarks against race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and ability – which Liverpool want to banish.
The Merseyside club came under criticism following the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra affair in 2011. And one fan was banned from attending football matches for four years after making monkey gestures towards Evra.
The list was set up with the assistance of Rishi Jain, Liverpool’s social inclusion officer, and believes the club is working towards eliminating the abuse.
“As part of the club’s continued commitment to tackle all forms of discrimination, as well as promoting its approach to equality and diversity. Jain said:
“Liverpool have been actively working with Kick it Out, Show Racism the Red Card and the Anthony Walker Foundation for many years and has been recognised for its contribution to helping tackle discrimination,” he added.
Lord Herman Quseley, chairman of anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, said the guide was a positive step for the football club.
He said: “Liverpool FC had taken great strides to tackle discrimination. Match day stewards must be trained on dealing with incidents of discriminations and unacceptable behaviour in order to eradicate it from out stadiums."
Liverpool will hope to see the benefits from their handbook in the upcoming season, with their first match at Anfield on August 17 against Stoke City.
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