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.