Incidents list reported to Fare during March 201830 April 2018

The following incidents of racism, xenophobia, extreme nationalism or homophobia have been reported to Fare during March 2018. This list is only likely to reflect a proportion of the incidents that occurred.

All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eyewitness or media accounts. A Fare observer scheme is also currently at place at UEFA club competitions to monitor discriminatory behaviour.

Fare has third party reporting status with UEFA, and FIFA on international matches, and at a national level we can support incident reports made by our members.

The general public can keep us informed of national and international level incidents through the reporting form here.

03 March 2018 – Under 25 Friendly Match: Ciudad de León v Universidad Técnica de Cotopaxi

The match was suspended after 30 minutes when Universidad walked off the pitch after hearing racist chanting from a group of Ciudad de León fans.

03 March 2018 – Spanish Segunda Division A: CA Osasuna v Cádiz CF

A group of home fans sang sexist and misogynistic chants about Sporting Gijón and the city of Gijón.

03 March 2018 – Campeonato Carioca: Flamengo v Botafogo

A Botafogo fan directed racist and homophobic slurs towards Flamengo’s Vinícus Júnior after the player was sent off for a tackle on Botafogo’s Igor Rabello who also made a racist comment towards the player.

04 March 2018 – Spanish Segunda Division A: Lorca FC v Albacete Balompié

A group of Lorca fans directed homophobic chants towards Albacete player Jérémie Bela.

04 March 2018 – Russian Premjer Liga: Lokomotiv Moscow v Spartak Moscow

A group of Spartak fans directed racist chanting towards Lokomotiv’s Russian international goalkeeper Marinato Guilherme.

04 March 2018 – Dutch Eerste Divisie: Go Ahead Eagles v De Graafschap

A group of Go Ahead Eagles fans made monkey chants after the match against De Graafschap player Myenty Abena.

05 March 2018 – English FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn

Martin Glenn apologised for Star of David, swastika and Mugabe comments.

05 March 2018 – talkSport: Lynsey Hipgrave

talkSport radio presenter Lynsey Hipgrave dropped a caller for repeatedly making misogynist undermining remarks towards her during a talkSport segment.

06 March 2018 – Charlton Athletic

Charlton Athletic players Dillon Phillips, Chris Solly and Harry Lennon made xenophobic comments about Northern Irish teammates Mikhail Kennedy and Josh Magennis.

08 March 2018 – UEFA Europa League: AC Milan v Arsenal

An Arsenal fan was caught on camera singing an anti-Semitic chant before the match started.

08 March 2018 – Campeonato Paulista: Palmeiras v São Paulo

A group of Palmeiras fans directed homophobic chants towards São Paulo goalkeeper, Jean Paulo Fernandes Filho during the match.

10 March – Estádio 97: Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto

Football pundit, Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto made xenophobic comments about Corinthians player Ángel Romero.

11 March 2018 – Italian Serie A: Inter Milan v SSC Napoli

At the start of the match a group of Inter Milan fans made xenophobic chants about people from Naples.

11 March 2018 – Campeonato Gaúcho: Internacional v Grêmio

An Internacional fan made obscene gestures of sexist and misogynist intent to a group of Grêmio fans.

11 March 2018 – Campeonato Gaúcho: Internacional v Grêmio

A group of Grêmio fans directed racist chants towards Internacional fans during the match.

14 March 2018 – Tottenham Hotspur

The club sent a questionnaire to US fans that included a sexist and misogynistic question about a woman’s place being in the home.

14 March 2018 – Copa Libertadores: Vasco da Gama v Universidad de Chile

A Vasco da Gama fan made a misogynistic gesture towards reporter Bruna Dealtry while she was delivering a report on air.

15 March 2018 – UEFA Europa League: Olympique Lyon v CSKA Moscow

A group of Lyon fans unveiled a neo-Nazi flag and made Nazi salutes during the first half of the match. A black supporter was also physically attacked in what has been viewed as a racially motivated attack.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

15 March 2018 – UEFA Europa League: FC Zenit v RB Leipzig

Several thousand FC Zenit fans directed racist chanting towards RB Leipzig’s Naby Keïta in the latter stages of the match.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

18 March 2018 – Campeonato Rondoniense: Vilhena Esporte Clube v Vilhenense Esporte Clube

Vilhena player Henrique Teixeira was subjected to racist slurs by a group of Vilhenense fans.

22 March 2018 – Ian Wright

During a discussion on BBC Radio 5’s The Monday Night Club about the 2018 FIFA World Cup, football pundit Ian Wright made a homophobic comment on air. Wright has since apologised for his comments.

25 March 2018 – SporTV: Kelly Costa

SporTV reporter Kelly Costa was subjected to sexist and misogynistic comments made by a male fan during the Campeonato Gaúcho match between São José and Grêmio Esportivo Brasil.

The fan was forced out of the stadium.

26 March 2018 – José Luis Carazo

During the program El Rondo, journalist José Luis Carazo made a xenophobic comment about Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo and the gypsy community when he compared Lionel Messi to God and Ronaldo to being a gypsy.

27 March 2018 – International Friendly: Russia v France

A large group of Russia fans directed monkey noises towards France’s black players, most notably at Ousmane Dembélé and Paul Pogba during the match.

31 March 2018 – Grêmio Esportivo Brasil fan

A fan of Grêmio Esportivo Brasil displayed a homophobic sign at the entrance of the Bento Freitas stadium referring to rivals Grêmio as ‘Gaymio’.

31 March 2018 – Campeonato Amador Rural match: VS-47 v VP-20

Referee Eduardo Viana da Silva temporarily suspended the match after a VS-47 fan racially abused him.

Social Media

Twitter:  Michy Batshuayi

Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi received several racist tweets from Atalanta fans on Twitter after Borussia Dortmund was knocked out of the Europa League.


AFC Gloucester – Fan Suspension

Four fans of AFC Gloucester have been banned from attending matches by the club after distributing racist material during the match.

Italian Football Federation: Inter Milan

Inter Milan were fined €15,000 after a group of fans sang xenophobic chants about Neapolitans during the match against Napoli on the 11th March.

Russian Football Union (RFU) – Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow were fined 350,000 RUB and received a probationary partial stadium closure until the end of this season after a group of Spartak fans directed racist chanting towards Lokomotiv’s Guilherme during the match played on the 4th March.

Zaragoza Magistrates Court – Rafael Pérez

The Zaragoza Magistrates Court sentenced Rafael Pérez to nine months in prison and fined 1440 euros as well as an additional 500 euros in damages to referee Mamadou Basirou Sow. Pérez was arrested in January 2017 for racially abusing the referee at his son’s football match.