The year commences with a high-profile incident of racism involving a selection of Chelsea supporters travelling to an away fixture against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League. Souleymane Sylla, a black man, was repeatedly pushed off the carriage by supporters whilst racist chants were sung. The fans in question were given football banning orders for five years whilst the club banned them from for life.

In April, Kick It Out publishes research revealing the true extent of football-related discrimination across social media, with 134,400 discriminatory posts directed at Premier League clubs and players between August 2014 and March 2015.

The research highlights growing concerns surrounding online discrimination and in response, Kick It Out sets up a social media expert group, including representatives from Facebook, Twitter, the Ministry of Justice and the Digital Trust, in order to find ways to tackle the issue.

Kick It Out also releases the second version of its news and reporting app. The updated version allows media to be attached to reports to provide evidence, as well as enabling people to report incidents of football-related discrimination on social media platforms. The app also featured Women’s Super League grounds for the first time.

In the biggest Non-League Day to date, Kick It Out hosts a Non-League Roadshow to demonstrate its increasing commitment to supporting the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion across the semi-professional and amateur level of the game.

Kick It Out condemns comments made by Port Vale owner, Norman Smurthwaite, in which he admitted that the League 1 side turned down the opportunity to hire Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink over fears of racist abuse from their own fans.