List of incidents reported to Fare during April 201915 May 2019


All reports have been brought to Fare’s attention through eyewitness or media accounts. A Fare observer scheme is also currently in 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. For a list of incidents from previous months and years see here.

01 April 2019 – Colombian First Division: Envigado F.C. v Independiente Santa Fe

Independiente Santa Fe player, Luis Manuel Seijas, was subjected to racial abuse by home supporters as he was heading towards the locker room.

02 April 2019 – Costa Rican First Division: A.D. San Carlos v Limón F.C.

Limón FC’s players were subjected to racial abuse during the game by a set of A.D. San Carlos supporters.

02 April 2019 – Italian Serie A: Cagliari Calcio v Juventus F.C.

Juventus F.C. forward, Moise Kean, was racially abused by a group of Cagliari supporters during the match.

03 April 2019 – English Leicestershire Vase Cup Final: FC Wymeswold v Cosby United FC

A local football cup final in Leicestershire was abandoned after FC Wymeswold player, Linford Harris, was racially abused by a fan.

06 April 2019 –English Championship: Brentford F.C. v Derby County F.C.

A Brentford F.C. supporter was arrested on charges of racially-aggravated public order offences committed during the match.

06 April 2019 – Scottish Premiership: Heart of Midlothian F.C. v Hibernian F.C.

During the game a Hearts supporter hurled racist abuse at Hibernian player, Marvin Bartley. A video of the incident later emerged on social media.

06 April 2019 – Bosnia and Herzegovina First Division: FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo v FK Sarajevo

A homophobic banner was displayed at the Grbavica stadium targeting the year’s first LGBT Pride event in Sarajevo.

07 April 2019 – Serbian First Division: FK Vojvodina v FK Partizan 

The game between FK Vojvodina and FK Partizan was temporarily stopped by the referee after a group of FK Partizan supporters chanted racial slurs against Novi Sad fans.

07 April 2019 – Danish First Division: Odense Boldklub v F.C. Copenhagen

Homophobic insults were aimed at F.C. Copenhagen player, Viktor Fischer, during the match by supporters of Odense Boldklub. 

08 April 2019 – Danish First Division:  FC Nordsjælland v Brøndby IF

Brøndby IF supporters directed homophobic chants against F.C. Copenhagen player Viktor Fischer during their match against FC Nordsjælland.

08 April 2019 – Costa Rican First Division: C.F. Universidad de Costa Rica v A.D San Carlos

 A group of A.D San Carlos supporters made racial slurs at C.F. Universidad de Costa Rica players during the match.

10 April 2019 – Romanian Second Division: FC Farul Constanta v ACS Poli Timisoara

Several homophobic banners were displayed in the stadium by a group of FC Farul Constanta supporters aimed at ACS Poli Timisoara.

09 April 2019 – Essex Senior Football League Cup: Sporting Bengal United v Aveley FC

Imrul Gazi, the manager of Sporting Bengal, made the decision to take his players off the pitch during a cup game against Aveley FC reserves following racist remarks made by the referee.

11 April 2019 – UEFA Europa League: Arsenal F.C. v S.S.C. Napoli

Video footage emerged of a supporter using a racial slur directed at Napoli’s defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Arsenal F.C. launched an investigation.

11 April 2019 – UEFA Europa League: SK Slavia Praha v Chelsea F.C

Video footage emerged of Chelsea supporters chanting an Islamophobic song about Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in the city before the match.

11 April 2019 – UEFA Europa League: SK Slavia Praha v Chelsea F.C

A Chelsea supporter was racially abused by fellow Chelsea F.C supporters whilst attending the match in Prague.

12 April 2019 – French Ligue 1: Dijon FCO v Amiens SC

Amiens SC captain Prince-Desir Gouano was racially abused by Dijon FCO supporters during a Ligue 1 game. The match was temporarily halted.

12 April 2019 – English Premier League: Leicester City FC v Newcastle United FC

An individual supporter was arrested by Leicestershire police for an act of racial abuse committed inside the stadium.

13 April 2019 – English Premier League: Manchester United F.C. v West Ham United F.C.

A group of West Ham supporters sang anti-Semitic chants on their way to Old Trafford. Video footage of the incident later emerged online.

14 April 2019 – Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen F.C. v Celtic F.C.

Aberdeen FC manager Derek McInnes was subjected to sectarian abuse by a group of Celtic fans during the match.

14 April 2019 – Russian Premier League Russian: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg v FC Anzhi Makhackhala

A group of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg supporters aimed xenophobic chants at FC Anzhi Makhackhala supporters.

13 April 2019 – Austrian Second League: UFC Podersdorf am See v Neusiedl am See 1b

Francis Enguelle, a Neusiedl am See 1b player, was racially abused by two opposing players and UFC Podersdorf am See supporters during an Austrian second division game.

17 April 2019 – Italian Serie A: SS Lazio v Udinese

SS Lazio fans aimed racist slurs at AC Milan midfielder, Tiemoué Bakayoko. A video footage later emerged on social media.

17 April 2019 – German Fourth Division: Hannover 96 II v VfB Lübeck

Hannover defender, Christopher Gloster, was racially abused during the match by a group of VfB Lübeck supporters.

20 April 2019 – Polish Ekstraklasa: Lechia Gdansk v Piast Gliwice

A group of Lechia Gdansk supporters directed racial abuse at Piast Gliwice player Joel Valencia during the match.

22 April 2019 – English Premier League: Chelsea F.C. v Burnley FC

Chelsea’s head coach, Maurizio Sarri, was subjected to xenophobic comments made by members of Burnley’s backroom staff.

24 April 2019 – Italian Cup (Coppa Italia): A.C. Milan v SS Lazio

SS Lazio fans paid tribute to Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in Milan ahead of the Coppa Italia fixture by performing Nazi salutes and displaying a banner in the city.

24 April 2019 – Italian Cup (Coppa Italia): A.C. Milan v SS Lazio

During the match a large section of SS Lazio supporters were involved in chanting racial abuse at A.C. Milan players Tiémoué Bakayoko and Franck Kessie.

27 April 2019 – German Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund v FC Schalke 04

Borussia Dortmund supporters displayed a homophobic banner during the derby against FC Schalke 04.

27 April 2019 – English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. v West Ham United F.C.

A young Tottenham Hotspur supporter with Down’s syndrome and her father were subjected to online abuse after a video emerged of the young supporter dancing after the lost against West Ham.

28 April 2019 –USL Championship, USA: Tulsa Roughnecks FC v OKC Energy FC

Atiba Harris, an OKC Energy midfielder, was racially abused by Fabian Bastidas, a Tulsa Roughnecks FC player on two occasions during the game.

28 April 2019 – Malaysian Super League: Pahang FA v Johor Darul Ta’zim F.C.

The foreign players of Johor Darul Ta’zim F.C. were subject to racial abuse by referee Mohd Zohri Tajuddin.

Social Media

Twitter: Nathan Byrne

Wigan Athletic player, Nathan Byrne, was racially abused on social media. Lancashire Police launched an investigation.

Twitter: Crawley Town FC staff member

A homophobic tweet was aimed at one of Crawley Town FC’s staff members. The club has banned the person in question.

Instagram: Troy Deeney 

Watford captain, Troy Deeney, and his family were racially abused on Instagram after Watford’s win over Wolves in the FA Cup semi final. Deeney disabled comments on his Instagram page as a result.

Social media: Wilfried Zaha

The Crystal palace player, Wilfried Zaha, was racially abused on social media by fans of Newcastle United. Newcastle United launched an investigation.

Instagram: Christian Kabasele

Watford F.C. defender, Christian Kabasele, received racist messages on his Instagram page.

Instagram: Chuks Aneke

Milton Keynes Dons F.C. midfielder, Chuks Aneke, was subject to racial abuse on Instagram after the defeat against Tranmere Rovers F.C on 13 April 2019.

Twitter: Ashley Young

Manchester United F.C. player Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter after their defeat against FC Barcelona on 16 April 2019. Manchester United announced that they are working to identify the individuals involved.

Instagram: James Tavernier

Rangers F.C. captain, James Tavernier was racially abused on Instagram. Police Scotland launched an investigation.

Instagram: Arthur Masuaku

West Ham player, Arthur Masuaku, was racially abused on social media after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur FC on 27 April 2019.

Instagram: Ivan Toney

Peterborough United striker, Ivan Toney, was sent a racist direct message on Instagram after the win against Portsmouth F.C. on 30 April 2019.


UEFA: GNK Dinamo Zagreb

GNK Dinamo Zagreb were ordered to play two UEFA competition matches behind closed doors and handed an additional fine of €20,000 for the racist behaviour that occurred during the UEFA Europa League Match between GNK Dinamo Zagreb and SL Benfica on 7 March 2019.

Diego Costa

Diego Costa, an Atletico Madrid striker, was banned for eight games after being found guilty of sexist and misogynist abuse against the referee during FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid on 6 April 2019.

Russian Football Association: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg

FC Zenit Saint-Petersburg was fined 350,000 Rubles and handed a partial stadium closure for one match due to the xenophobic chanting on 14 April 2019 at FC Zenit Saint Petersburg v FC Anzhi Makhachkala.

Danish Football Association: Bröndby IF

Danish club, Bröndby IF, received a 25,000 Kroner fine for the homophobic chants from the stands during the FC Nordsjælland v Brøndby IF match on 8 April 2019.

Danish Football Association: Odense BK

Danish club, Odense BK, received a 25,000 Kroner fine for the homophobic chants made during the Odense Boldklub v F.C. Copenhagen match on 7 April 2019.

UEFA: Montenegro 

The Football Association of Montenegro were ordered to play their next home match behind closed doors and received a €20,000 fine following the racial abuse of England players during the UEFA EURO Qualifiers game on 25 March 2019.

UEFA: Hungary

The Football Association of Hungary was handed an €18,500 fine and ordered to play their next game with a partial closure of the stadium following the incidents during the UEFA Euro Qualifiers game Slovakia v Hungary.

Tulsa Roughnecks FC: Fabian Bastidas

Tulsa Roughnecks FC player, Fabian Bastidas, had his contract terminated after racially abusing an OKC Energy midfielder on 28 April 2019.

Plymouth Argyle

A Plymouth Argyle supporter was banned from Home Park Stadium for three years after racially abusing Bradford City fans during the match between Plymouth Argyle v Bradford City on 08 December 2018.