List of incidents reported to Fare during March 2019 12 April 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.

01 March 2019 – Polish First Division: Legia Warsaw v Miedz Legnica

Legia Warsaw supporters displayed a large homophobic banner reading ‘Warsaw is free from fag**ts’ and crossed out the word ‘LGBT’.

01 March 2019 – Irish Cup: Larne FC v Coleraine FC

A number of Coleraine FC supporters displayed racist slogans during the Irish Cup game.

01 March 2019 – Bolivian First Division: The Strongest v Nacional Potosí 

The Strongest forward, Rolando Blackburn, was subject to racial abuse by the assistant coach of Nacional Potosí.

03 March 2019 – Croatian First Division: NK Inter Zaprešić v HNK Hajduk Split

HNK Hadjuk Split supporters displayed a banner glorifying the WWII war criminal Vjekoslav ‘Max’ Luburic, who was the head of concentration camps Jasenovac and Gradiska Stara.

03 March 2019 – Slovakian First Division: Slovan Bratislava v FC Spartak Trnava

Slovan Bratislava fans displayed far-right banners, chanted anti-Semitic chants and performed monkey noises directed at Spartak Trnava player, Myenty Abena.

03 March 2019 – Slovakian First Division: Slovan Bratislava v FC Spartak Trnava

Video footage emerged of the Slovan Bratislava goalkeeper, Dominik Grief, using homophobic slurs after the match while SK Slovan Bratislava players were celebrating their victory.

03 March 2019 – Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen FC v Rangers FC

Aberdeen fans displayed a misogynist and insulting banner directed at the mother of Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.

05 March 2019 – Dutch First Division: Rick Dekker

PEC Zwolle player, Rick Dekker, was seen dressed up wearing blackface during carnival.

07 March 2019 – UEFA Europa League: GNK Dinamo Zagreb v SL Benfica

Fare recorded a discriminatory display by Dinamo Zagreb fans during the match Dinamo Zagreb v Benfica.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

08 March 2019 – United States Women’s National Team

Twenty-eight members of the United States Women’s National Team have filed a class-action lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation demanding gender equality and equal pay in comparison with the Men’s National Team.

09 March 2019 – Serbian First Division: FK Crvena Zvevda v FK Zemun

FK Crvena Zvevda supporters aimed homophobic chants at Serbian Prime minister Ana Brnabic, who recently had a baby with her partner.

09 March 2019 – Spanish Regional Youth League: Viveiro v As Pontes

Referee David Jiménez was subject to anti-Roma abuse by a group of AS Pontes fans.

09 March 2019 – German Regional League: Chemnitzer FC v VSG Altglienicke 

Chemnitzer fans displayed a banner reading ‘Rest in peace, Tommy’ in commemoration of a recently deceased neo-Nazi, Thomas Haller, and a one-minute silence was held before the match.

10 March 2019 – German Bundesliga: FC St. Pauli v HSV 

HSV fans displayed a sexist banner during the match.

11 March 2019 – Polish First Division: Lechia Gdańsk v Wisła Płock

During the first half, supporters displayed a large homophobic banner reading ‘Sodomites, fag**ts and paedophiles of LGBT – hands off our children’.

12 March 2019 – Scottish Premiership: Rangers FC v Aberdeen FC

Fans from both Rangers and Aberdeen chanted Sectarian abuse and songs during the match.

12 March 2019  – Croatian policeman

A Croatian policeman made a group of immigrants chant ‘Dinamo Zagreb’ as well as perform the fascist salute ‘Za dom spremni’ whilst filming them.

14 March 2019 – Europa League: FC Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea FC

Callum Hudson-Odoi was racially abused by FC Dynamo Kiev supporters who directed monkey noises towards him.

16 March 2019 – Polish First Division: Legia Warsaw v Slask Wroclaw

Slask Wroclaw supporters displayed a homophobic banner reading ‘always and everywhere faggot(ry), paedophilia, deviation will be fought/destroyed’.

16 March 2019 – Polish First Division: Jagiellonia Bialystok v Korona Kielce

Jagiellonia Bialystok supporters displayed a homophobic banner reading ‘100% anti-LGBT’ accompanied with a styled image previously shared online by the Polish head of the Senate and member of the political PiS party.

17 March 2019 – Polish First Division: Zaglebie Lubin v Arka Gdynia

Supporters of Zaglebie Lubin displayed a homophobic banner together with Arka Gdynia supporters, reading ‘Lubin and Gdynia against perverts’.

17 March 2019 – Italian Serie A: AC Milan v FC Internazionale Milano

A group of Internazionale supporters displayed a neo-Nazi flag before the Italian derby.

17 March 2019 – Bolivian First League: Jorge Wilstermann v Blooming

The Jorge Wilstermann player, Serginho, was subjected to racial abuse as some Blooming supporters aimed monkey noises at him.

19 March 2019 – Pavel Pogrebnyak

The Russian player, Pavel Pogrebnyak, made a racist comment by saying that it is ‘laughable’ when a black player represents the Russian national team.

20 March 2019 – International Friendly: Germany v Serbia

Both Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan were subject to racial abuse. German authorities have launched an investigation into the three individuals responsible for the insults.

21 March 2019 – UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier: Slovakia v Hungary

Fare recorded xenophobic chanting by Slovakian fans during the match Slovakia v Hungary.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

24 March 2019 – UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier: Netherlands v Germany

Dutch supporters chanted homophobic chants directed at German players and fans.

24 March 2019 – Dutch Amateur Division: VV Rijsbergen v HVV’24

The HVV’24 coach was subject to discriminatory abuse as the referee told him to ‘go back to where he came from’.

24 March 2019 – Italian TV commentator

The Italian assistant referee, Annalisa Moccia, was the subject of sexist abuse before the match. A TV commentator said ‘a woman can’t officiate a men’s game. It’s a shame that this happens’.

25 March 2019 – UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier: Montenegro v England

Fare recorded racial abuse by Montenegro fans during the match Montenegro v England.

A report was sent to UEFA for action.

30 March 2019 – Czech Republic First Division: Slavia Praha v Liberec

A group of Slavia Praha supporters chanted ‘I’ll get M45 without coriander’ directed at the Vietnamese goalkeeper, Filip Nguyen.

31 March 2019 – Scottish Premiership: Celtic FC v Rangers

Sectarian chants and slurs were heard from both set of supporters and Celtic supporters displayed a sectarian banner. Rangers FC captain James Tavernier was racially abused by an individual Celtic supporter, while monkey chants were directed towards Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara by a number of Celtic fans.

Social Media

Twitter: Almog Cohen

An anti-Semitic tweet posted by a Union Berlin supporter called for Almog Cohen, an Israeli player, to be sent to a ‘(gas) chamber’.

Twitter: Renee Hector

Tottenham Ladies’ defender Renee Hector was subjected to racial abuse on social media after speaking out about the racial abuse she received during Tottenham v Sheffield United on 6 January 2019.

Instagram: Patrice Evra

After the match between Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester United, the former professional player Patrice Evra posted a video including homophobic comments directed at Paris Saint Germain. Two LGBT advocate groups have filed legal complaints against the ex-captain.

Instagram: Philip Billing

A teenager racially abused Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing on social media. West Yorkshire police arrested the teenager in question.


Polish Football Association: Legia Warsaw

The Polish Football Association fined Legia Warsaw with 30,000 PLN for fan misbehaviour after a homophobic banner was displayed on 1 March 2019 during the Legia Warsaw v Miedz Legnica match.

Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB): Ron van Niekerk

The Royal Dutch Football Association suspended coach Ron van Niekerk for five months after claims of racist behaviour during WV-HEDW v sv Argon on 16 February 2019.

The FA: Sophie Jones

Sophie Jones was found guilty of using abusive and/or insulting words directed at Tottenham player Renee Hector during Tottenham v Sheffield United on 6 January 2019. The FA handed her a five-match suspension as well as a 200 GBP fine. Sheffield United have terminated the contract of Sophie Jones by mutual agreement.

Russian Football Union: Pavel Pogrebnyak 

The Russian Football Union fined Pavel Pogrebnyak with 3,400 EUR and a conditional suspension after he made racist comments regarding naturalised Russian players playing for the national team.

UEFA: FC Shakhtar Donetsk 

FC Shakhtar Donetsk were sanctioned with a partial stadium closure at the next UEFA competition match as a result of racist behaviour from supporters at the Europa League match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt on the 14 February 2019.

UEFA: S.S. Lazio 

S.S. Lazio were sanctioned with a partial stadium closure at the next UEFA competition match and a 20,000 EUR fine due to racist abuse during the Europa League match between Sevilla FC v S.S. Lazio (20 February 2019)

Romanian Football Federation: Gigi Becali

Gigi Becali  (owner of FCSB) was fined with 15,000 lei for sexist comments he made. FCSB received an additional fine of 5,000 lei.

Italian League: Internazionale Milano

Internazionale received a suspended sentenced of a partial stadium closure for one Serie A league match for racist behaviour by their fans in the match against AC Milan on 17 March 2019.