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Liverpool's new measures to combat discrimination and unruly fan conduct

By Wilian Estrella

Liverpool's new measures to combat discrimination and unruly fan conduct

Liverpool has seen a considerable increase in the number of fans sanctioned for  discriminatory abuse.

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The use of racist language at Anfield was a factor in 25% of all complaints made to the club's official sanctions panel during the 2021–22 season; 100% of complaints the panel considered resulted in a punishment.

Discriminatory language offenders have received punishments ranging from one-year bans to lifetime bans. Red Together is LFC's pledge to support diversity, inclusivity, and a crackdown on all types of prejudice.

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Rishi Jain, senior equality, diversity and inclusion manager at Liverpool, said: “It’s a positive step forward to see both fans’ awareness and confidence in reporting incidents grow. This enables us as a club to continually monitor situations and take appropriate action where required. We strive to effect positive change, and through our official sanctions process we are also able to guide and educate fans on important issues and tackle unacceptable behaviour”.

The Premier League has particularly identified pitch invasions and the use of fireworks as two areas of concern for the 2022–23 season, and Liverpool FC is taking action against both of these issues. The club is also toughening up on ticket touting and other unacceptably rude fan behavior.

Liverpool makes sure of identifying offenders

Every person who was determined to have violated security and trespassed on the Anfield surface last season was successfully identified and punished by Liverpool. All received penalties. Problems with tickets continued to be the primary focus of the disciplinary procedure during the 2021–22 season, accounting for more than half of all issues.

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