Hate on the Terraces

Published on 6th July 2017 by

A 2012 Channel 4 Dispatches documentary in which reporter Morland Sanders goes undercover to reveal the shocking extent of racism and homophobia in modern top-flight English football, lifting the lid on a problem which had previously been widely considered to have largely gone away. It also explores how racism in football is also widespread among fans on the internet. The documentary was made to question whether any progress had been made after the government, Football Association, and Crown Prosecution Service had promised to work together on a strategy to fight the problems of racism and homophobia amongst football fans.

One of the findings of the investigation was that police officers would often turn a blind eye to offensive chanting, whilst it also discovered racist comments on official club forums going unchecked. Welsh Rugby star Gareth Thomas also explores the subject of homophobia in football in the 2017 documentary Gareth Thomas v Homophobia: Hate in the Beautiful Game.

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