Carnegie Professor to tackle hate crime in football at Westminster briefing
Professor Hylton will join Lord Ouseley, the Chairman of Kick it Out, Roisin Wood, Director of football equality and inclusion organisation Kick it Out, and Vera Lazellari, Disability Liaison Coordinator and Health and Safety Coordinator at Charlton Athletic Football Club to discuss the issue of tackling hate crime.
Their discussion will cover aspects including: what more can be done to prevent hate crime in football; the progress made in implementing the ‘Challenge It, Report It, Stop It’ action plan; effective collaboration between clubs, police forces and football authorities; racist chanting by fans at matches; the problem of under-reporting of racist incidents at football games; identifying and dealing with hate crime incidents outside of the game; and combating online abuse towards footballers.
Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Hylton commented: “I am honoured to be joining this distinguished group and hope that key stakeholders in football, and sport more broadly, take on the key conclusions from the presentations and debate. I intend to focus on dispositions to ‘race’ and racism online as this is often ignored in the fight to disrupt racism and hate crime in sport.”
In the afternoon, Callum Riley, Marking and Communications Officer for the Hertfordshire Football Association, and Lindsay England, Founder of Just a Ball Game?, will present case studies of good practice in effective prevention and enforcement, how to build on this to accomplish event more, and how to increase access to support for victims of hate crime.
Professor Hylton has published and reviewed extensively in peer-reviewed journals and high profile book projects in sport, leisure and education. His publications include 'Race' and Sport: Critical Race Theory; Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogues on Critical Race Theory, and Sport Development: Policy, Process and Practice.