Reporting in the professional game How we handle incidents of discriminatory abuse within professional football, and the support we can provide to both players and clubs involved in an incident of abuse. Expand What do we mean by the professional game? Men’s professional game Premier League - first team, reserves and academy/youth teams EFL - first team, reserves and academy/youth teams Players competing in the Premier League and EFL, who are on international duty National League National League North and South Evo-Stik and Bostik Leagues All cup competitions relating to these leagues Women’s professional game Barclays FA Women’s Super League - first team, reserves and academy/youth teams Barclays FA Women’s Championship - first team, reserves and academy/youth teams Players competing in the Women’s Super League and Championship, who are on international duty All cup competitions relating to these leagues For reports regarding leagues and their associated competitions below these levels, please see our Grassroots Game Reporting Process. Our reporting process for instances in stadia Player support For any professional footballer who is a victim of abuse, if the incident is reported to us, our goal is to ensure that we are there every step of the way, to offer our support in what can sometimes be a lengthy and challenging process. We aim to provide consistent updates to the complainant and offer guidance on all stages of the process, with a designated person from Kick It Out. Our player support includes: Listening, empathising and offering guidance to the complainant Educating complainant on the process and potential presence in any hearings Providing mentoring opportunities via our Player Advisory Board Assistance on how to tackle future potential issues For enquiries about player support, please contact [email protected] Club support We can support professional football clubs with any discriminatory reports that arise and offer guidance and expertise where needed. Our club support includes: Guidance on developing and enhancing club reporting processes Providing proactive advice in preparation for fixtures, which are anticipated to have higher levels of discrimination Helping to identify opportunities for education and rehabilitation of offenders Assisting with preparing appropriate media notices and statements in relation to an incident of discrimination Fan Education Our fan education programme offers a bespoke package of one-to-one education sessions, to work with individual football fans identified by clubs and/or the police as having displayed poor and/or discriminatory behaviour, at football grounds or on social media. The programme approach is restorative and focuses on the individual needs of football fans, in relation to their offending behaviour. All education sessions cover the following topics: The Equality Act 2010 and protected characteristics, including how this relates to behaviour in football stadiums and social media Why the fan has been referred and a reflection on their behaviour The potential effects on the victim or people who witnessed their behaviour Discriminatory terminology and prohibited behaviours How football, police and anti-discriminatory agencies work together Decision making and consequences of the fan or fan’s involved actions e.g. loss of employment, relationships, social status and so on Publicity and potential negative effect on the individual, the football club’s brand as well as the local area and its people For enquiries about any club support, please contact [email protected].