The Football Association and Hampshire FA are aware of the scenes that took place at Sofia during a UEFA Qualifying international game last night between England and Bulgaria. For more information on what happened at the game, please visit: HERE
Hampshire FA would like to reiterate its stance against racism and all forms of discrimination. Unfortunately, there are instances of such behaviour in grassroots football. It is important that people are aware of the reporting process within our county in order to eliminate such behaviours from the game.
To report discrimination within Hampshire, please fill out the form below and send it to the Hampshire FA Discipline department where this will be dealt with as a matter of urgency. Alternatively, if you have any questions, please email Discipline@HampshireFA.com. Complaints can be brought against anyone involved in the game including players, coaches, parents, spectators, volunteers and officials.
Neil Cassar, Chief Executive Officer at Hampshire FA says ‘Hampshire FA take a zero tolerance stance on discrimination and will act on all incidences that are brought to our attention. It is vital that people feel confident in the reporting process and advise us of any experiences that they are uncomfortable with so the appropriate sanctions can be carried out.’
Bob Purkiss, Inclusion Advisory Group Chairperson says 'Hampshire FA have noted an increase in the reporting of racist comments and other examples of unacceptable language at football matches by clubs, players and spectators. We are taking steps including sanctions on clubs, disciplinary action against individuals and appropriate education in order to stamp this out. Anyone hearing any comments are requested to report this directly to Hampshire FA using the form provided. We are committed to making football accessible and enjoyable for everyone in our county.'
The Inclusion Advisory Group is charged to engage a diverse range of football community representatives who understand the challenges faced by existing and potential participants and with that collective knowledge check and challenge the County FA to ensure proactive pursuit of inclusivity. This season, Hampshire FA have restructured the committee, in order to continue to drive inclusion forwards a new independent Chair, Bob Purkiss, and Vice-Chair, Natalie Weaving, have been appointed.
Below is the Equality Action Plan that the Inclusion Advisory Group work towards: