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Racism and Discrimination

The fight against discrimination is everyone’s

FIFPRO fights not only to oppose openly discriminatory behaviour but also to create awareness that these prejudices are engrained into society and must be addressed. We strongly denounce any form of discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexuality. While the global employment market allows for vastly improved diversity within the football industry, black and other minority ethnic players are still significantly underrepresented – and discrimination remains an issue, even in multicultural playing environments.

What you should know

Discrimination comes in many forms

Whether it is online abuse from fans, hate speech during matches, or a “glass ceiling” that stands in the way of career progression, all are present, and entirely unacceptable in the football industry.

FIFPRO supports those who speak out against discrimination

However, this honesty comes with risks. Players who exercise this right to free speech should be both encouraged and protected at international and domestic level.

The responsibility of putting a stop to discrimination does not lie with the victims

Whilst players with direct experience of abuse can offer unique and eye-opening perspectives, those around them must take action to address it. A united front is one of the most effective vehicles for social change, and the team nature of football should give us a natural ability to stand together, at every level, and speak out.

FIFA/FIFPRO Social Media Protection Service Report: 2022 World Cup

FIFA and FIFPRO have released a report into the levels of online abuse aimed at participants during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with England v France quarter-final causing the largest spike.

FIFA SMPS Threat Matrix Front Page
Player story

Andritany Ardhiyasa: "Players are having serious problems with social media abuse"

Andritany Ardhiyasa is an Indonesian international goalkeeper, captain of Persija Jakarta, and president of player association APPI. The 31-year-old talks about his experiences of social media abuse and how the union is tackling the issue.

Andritany Ardhiyasa (1)

Decoding Online Abuse of Players 2022

The report exposes a significant threat to the mental health and well-being of today’s top athletes. It raises important questions about their workplace and what can be done to ensure they enjoy adequate protection as workers.

Decoding Online Abuse Of Players GREEN

How FIFPRO is combatting social media abuse of footballers

With worrying levels of online hate being directed at athletes, which can have a damaging effect on players’ mental health and wellbeing, FIFPRO has collaborated with multiple stakeholders to combat this global problem.

Players Social Media