New data on online hate crime incidents related to football released

The Home Office has, for the first time, released experimental data about online hate-related incidents related to football.

Recorded incidents totalled 52 between 1 January and 28 July 2022, a 136.36 per cent rise from the 22 figure recorded during the 2021/22 season.

That figure, however, comes with a big caveat: it may not sit entirely within the criteria used to record cases in 2022.

The Home Office briefing stressed that 74 incidents from both datasets provided a “good indication” of online hate crime incidents that satisfied the criteria for further investigation.

The racist targeting of England’s Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho on social media following the Euro 2020 final last summer landed some in prison – including 19-year-old Justin Lee Price. Others received fines or suspended prison sentences.

Karl Tizzard, 29, received a fine and a ban from all Brighton & Hove Albion games after posting racist tweets just 25 minutes after England’s defeat on penalties to Italy. Hugh Laidlaw, 50, was given an eight-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay a fine of £1000 plus another £900 in extra costs for his racist comments.

Others, like 64-year-old Robert Whippe, admitted directing two racist tweets featuring monkey and banana emojis at Rio Ferdinand following the defeat. Deputy Senior District Judge Tan Ikram told Whippe, “Those two symbols are often used by those who want to express racist views towards black people, and that’s what you did”.

Jerry Garcia-Lorca Roj-Oz, from Abbey Wood, south-east London, targeted Jadon Sancho on Instagram with a racist monkey emoji, resulting in a suspended prison sentence.

Racist Bradford Pretty, 50, avoided prison for their racist rant following the Euro 2020 final defeat – the self-employed plasterer had lost 70 per cent of his business with many people calling him out to quote for fake jobs.

Scott McCluskey, 43, received a 14-week suspended sentence and was ordered to wear an electronic tag for 40 weeks after being found guilty in September 2021.

A year from a social media blackout aimed at pressuring social media companies to do more to tackle racism and discrimination, The Mirror interviewed various diversity leaders about what it meant and what challenges remain.

Academics have long explored how social media amplified racism in new social settings (including from traditional fan messageboards), as other studies explored the function of “frontstage” and “backstage” models behind what motivates hate speech online. In the blurring of the boundaries on social media, the front-facing way (front stage) people express themselves to the “public” identity, whereas, in contrast, the “backstage” is a private space where individuals express their feelings more freely. Much of this sentiment, some academics argue, is welded to online disinhibition.

Other scholarly work situates constructions of whiteness and the intersections of masculinity and the notion of “white habitus” that advantages specific social and cultural profits to white football fans, which in turn, helps encourage some to spread racism.

Other researchers focus on efforts to counter racism via Kick It Out!, grassroots community and anti-racism groups, and the importance of structural reform at the game’s highest level – especially given the structural under-representation of South Asian footballers at all levels.

TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat (a handy guide for reporting stories is here) have their reporting forms.

As a trusted flagger, Tell MAMA benefits from prioritised reporting status, so we encourage the public to report content when platforms fail to remove content.

The Metropolitan Police, Staffordshire Police, and West Midlands Police all have dedicated hate crime officers that deal with football-related hate crimes, both online and offline.

Within stadiums, the Home Office data revealed 18 offences related to racist chanting, with a further example occurring outside a stadium.





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Far-right terror trial: Man extradited from Spain to appear at the Old Bailey

A British national extradited from Spain will appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow (September 30) on far-right-related terrorism charges.

Kristofer Thomas Kearney, 37, is accused of two counts of allegedly disseminating a terrorist publication, which runs counter to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Spanish police raided an address in Alicante on March 2, 2022, through a Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TaCA) warrant.

Counter-terror officers arrested Kearney upon returning to the UK on September 8.

A day later, on September 9, Kearney appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and was remanded into custody.

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British Museum apologises to Muslim family over staff member’s conduct

The British Museum carried out an internal investigation and apologised after a Muslim mother complained about what she felt was the religious profiling of their young daughter following a visit in June, Tell MAMA can exclusively reveal.

It left them angry, frustrated and embarrassed, especially as white families next to them could photograph the area without hindrance or questions from staff. They have provided us with a photo of the child posing at a set of doors which triggered it – we have pixelated their face to protect their identity.

The mother provided us with a photograph of their daughter posing by a set of doors before the staff member targeted them. We have pixelated her face to protect their identity.

We can exclusively reveal that the investigation remains ongoing, with the family receiving an update on their complaint after we got in touch. Tell MAMA saw a follow-up email to the family, revealing an “outcome was issued” to the staff member responsible. They further noted that “we are sorry that such an interaction with a member of our team caused you such distress” and expressed hope that such a negative experience has not dissuaded them from visiting again. Last week, a spokesperson told us, whilst the investigation remained active that “We shall be in touch with the visitor once that is concluded and also consider what other action may be appropriate. The Museum continues to provide diversity training to all staff to support an excellent experience for all our visitors.”

We exclude specific identifying factors to protect their identities but stress that they felt targeted for their ethnicity and religious clothing. And they described to our Casework Team that the staff member who profiled them as a potential ‘security risk’ was a white male in their mid-to-late twenties or early thirties.

The visit occurred on June 25.

Nor did the family break any rules or regulations about photography. As the British Museum makes clear, the public can use handheld cameras with flash and 3D imaging software and similar equipment that does not require a stand – prohibitive exceptions occur only in areas with written notices (none appeared in this area).

Before exiting near an entrance foregrounded by two lion statues and a bust of King Edward VII, their young child, who is just six years old, wanted to pose next to a set of doors with ornate floral designs to commemorate their visit. Here, however, is when the member of staff intervened.

At around 15:16, the staff member began to question the family in a manner they described as aggressive, with repeated questions that included statements like “why are you photographing the door?” only for the mother to respond that she only intended to photograph their daughter.

After speaking with management, she felt the response was dissatisfactory and not handled with the seriousness required – who offered an apology and stressed that they intended to review the CCTV, adding that staff go under diversity training.

A series of emails exchanged by our service user and the British Museum reveals an added frustration about how the internal investigation began between July 25 and 26. Two days after submitting their written complaint, the initial reply sought to confirm further details from the family, reassuring them that such complaints get taken seriously, as the staff member responding felt “disturbed” to learn what happened.

By July 1, she sent further correspondence, requesting a timeline of how the museum intended to investigate her complaint further. A reply from the museum came a day later, beginning with an apology, owing to an apparent spam issue, confirming that the investigation had since identified the staff member. However, that email provided no such timeline or further details about the investigation, to their dismay.

Two further emails stressed her concerns about the nature of the investigation and their desire for further clarification given the issues raised of religious profiling. The initial correspondence acknowledged that she felt their response had “fallen short” of her expectations.

Weeks would pass without further reply, nor had any other staff member contacted them via Resolver – an online tool that simplifies consumer complaints.

Here is when Tell MAMA became involved, with the written consent to share their experiences.

We asked the British Museum a series of questions on the family’s behalf before the new email to the family came last Friday as a spokesperson told us:  “The British Museum recorded a complaint made on 25th June concerning a member of our staff. The complaint is being investigated within formal procedures, but we are not able to report the outcome at this time. We shall be in touch with the visitor once that is concluded and also consider what other action may be appropriate. The Museum continues to provide diversity training to all staff to support an excellent experience for all our visitors.”



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Racist teen must pay £850 to taxi driver they called a “P***” and “paedophile”

A racist teen who called a Muslim taxi driver a “paedophile” and the P-word avoided prison and must pay hundreds in compensation.

19-year-old Evan Wright pleaded guilty at Chester Magistrates Court earlier this week, according to the Chester Standard.

The Chester Standard further reported that taxi driver Tahir Majeed had politely informed a group of seven, including Evan Wright, on February 5 that his vehicle could not hold more than five people. Jacob Sutton began kicking his taxi, causing damage to the wing mirror and side exterior, as Wright joined in.

Fearing for his safety, Majeed called the police and, upon assessing damage to his vehicle, was called “dirty”, a “paedophile”, and a “P***”.

Following his arrest, Wright apologised and, according to the news report, avoided prison due to his previous good character and finding employment.

The compensation to Tahir Majeed totals £850, as the suspended sentence carries the risk of a custodial outcome if Evan Wright commits any further offences.

Days earlier, Tell MAMA highlighted the worrying trend of racist violence and harassment towards taxi drivers in areas like Derby and beyond, reinforcing the importance of support schemes like our Safety, Security & Beyond in helping drivers report anti-Muslim and Islamophobic hate crimes.

The broad racialised, stigmatising targeting of Muslim men as paedophiles is an issue we’ve highlighted in case studies on our website. From graffiti, far-right campaigns, verbal abuse and even attempted violence to deeper analysis in some of our annual reports.

Are you a taxi driver or taxi firm interested in our support scheme? Please email to register your interest and for further information.

You can get advice from our confidential and free helpline on 0800 456 1226. Or through our free iOS or Android apps. Report through our online form. Or contact us via WhatsApp on 0734 184 6086.





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Saudi security arrests Yemeni after ‘pilgrimage for Queen Elizabeth’

Saudi Arabian officials arrested a Yemeni resident after he appeared in a video at the Grand Mosque in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, carrying a banner that said he was performing a minor pilgrimage for Queen Elizabeth II.

Security forces at the Grand Mosque arrested him for “violating regulations and instructions for umrah,” according to a statement late on Monday referring to rules regarding pilgrimages.

He was referred to prosecution, it added.

State TV channel al-Ekhbariya aired the video on Tuesday, but blurred the man’s face and the banner.

In the video, which was shared on social media, the man wrote in English: “Umrah to the soul of Queen Elizabeth II. May Allah grants her a place in the heaven and accepts her among the righteous people.”

Umrah is a minor pilgrimage performed by Muslims and can be undertaken at any time during the year. A pilgrim can perform umrah on behalf of a deceased Muslim.

Saudi Arabia bans pilgrims in Mecca from carrying banners, or any other protest manifestations.

The queen, who died on Thursday at the age of 96, was a staunch Christian. She was the head of the Church of England.

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Pope Francis visits Kazakhstan as ‘pilgrim of peace’

Pope Francis landed in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to attend an international religious gathering, as part of his three-day visit to the central Asian country.

In the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, which was called Astana until 2019, the so-called Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions is taking place for the seventh time.

Francis is the first pope to attend the international meeting organized by the Kazakh government. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev deemed his presence an honour.

Until now, John Paul II had been the only pope to visit post-independence Kazakhstan, in 2001.

For the 85-year-old pope, who suffers from knee problems and spends most of his time in a wheelchair, it is his third trip abroad in 2022, following trips to Malta and Canada.

The pope described his trip as a “pilgrimage of dialogue and peace” as he addressed the faithful on Sunday.

The head of the Catholic Church landed in Nur-Sultan and was received by President Tokayev. Following the airport welcome, Francis attended a reception with the president and diplomats.

Upon his arrival, Francis stressed that his trip is in solidarity with all those seeking peace in the world. Calling himself a “pilgrim of peace,” Francis said he wishes to amplify the cries of those who advocate for peace around the world.

He addressed the war in Ukraine while at the reception, calling the Russian invasion tragic and senseless. Speaking of such conflicts threatening the globe, the pope said the world must find harmony.

Once again, the pope reaffirmed that Russia is responsible for the war in Ukraine. Francis was previously criticized for not doing so when the Russian invasion began.

The pope traditionally sends greetings to the capitals of the countries he flies over, however his outbound flight from Rome to Nur-Sultan avoided Russian airspace, sparing him a Telegram message to President Vladimir Putin.

The Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions starts on Wednesday. Around 100 delegations from 50 countries are due to attend the two-day meeting.

On the first day of the congress, Wednesday, a joint prayer and bilateral meetings are on the agenda. Francis also plans to celebrate a Mass. On Thursday, a final statement by the religious leaders is to be read, then his return flight is scheduled.

A meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, which the Vatican had hoped for, will not take place. The Russian religious leader, who has always defended the war launched by President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, recently bowed out from travelling to Nur-Sultan.

Kazakhstan, with a population of 19 million, is home to a small community of about 125,000 Catholics. Some 70% of Kazakhs are Muslim while 26% are Orthodox Christians. Pope Francis has praised the coexistence of the different religious groups there.

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Categories: Dialogue, Inter-religious, Kazakhstan, Peace, Pilgrimage, Pope Francis, Putin, Ukraine

Black employee wins payout after staff called him a “golliwog” and “cheeky monkey”

Faisal Abdi, a cleaner for a company outsourced to Nationwide Building Society, will receive a compensatory payout after an employment tribunal ruled that he faced racial discrimination.

38-year-old Abdi faced discrimination for being Black and Somali – including being called a “cheeky monkey” and a “golliwog”.

Abdi is also disabled and diagnosed with PTSD after fleeing the civil war in Somalia, arriving in the UK in 2001.

The 37-page judgment reveals that Abdi raised a complaint about the choice of language from his colleague Susan Standing. Management, however, dismissed it – instead arguing that such racist language functioned as a “term of endearment” and he should “appreciate there are cultural differences in language”.

A central pillar of the judgment detailed how Mark Wilson had “closed his mind” to the possibility that Standing’s comment had a racial motivation and that calling a Black colleague a “cheeky monkey” did not equate to racist bullying.

Nor did another manager, Eric Dawson, explain why he undertook no meaningful investigation either and failed to address the allegations of racial discrimination or that such language would be racist towards a Black person.

On two occasions referred to Faisal Abdi as a “golliwog” between October and November 2019 – including showing him a photo of the offensive doll, persisting even when informed that he found it offensive. The tribunal clarified that “the golliwog doll being universally considered a racist caricature and such a comment widely accepted as a racial slur towards black people”.

For academics, the golliwog doll was a caricature of a racist minstrel doll owned by author Florence Kate Upton, serving as a “caricature of an anti-black caricature“. Other research links the doll to perpetuating anti-Black stereotypes, with earlier iterations of the doll having appendages resembling paws.

The panel accepted that Abdi had not previously raised complaints about the “golliwog” comment owing to ill-health, stress, and a lack of support from staff.

Compensation is due to be determined at a later date.

We encourage the public to download our tool kit on workplace discrimination issues. To report anti-Muslim and Islamophobic discrimination and abuse in the workplace, get in touch for free via our online form or freephone at 0800 456 1226.



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Guilty: Racist teen screamed “F*** off, you P***” at taxi driver in Derby

A racist teen who threatened and abused a taxi driver with the P-word received a community order at Derby Crown Court.

Derbyshire Live reported that 18-year-old Malakai Blackham, aged 17 at the time of the racist offence, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

The taxi driver kindly offered to take Blackham home for free days before Christmas last year – after receiving a request to collect him at 4:25 am on December 21.

The news report adds that Malakai Blackham, lacking sufficient funds for the journey, returned from his address to only subject the driver to vile racist abuse and threats.

Waving his fists at the driver, Blackham screamed, “F*** off, you P***” as the taxi driver called the police and attempted to leave, Blackham shouted more racist abuse – namely, go away, P***”.

In an impact statement to the court, the driver said: “I should be able to come to work without being racially abused.”

Blackham received a community order of an unspecified length, per Derbyshire Live, who revealed a previous harassment offence in 2021 that resulted in a youth rehabilitation order.

Tell MAMA continues to document the disproportionate impact racism has on those working in the nighttime economy, as they face hostility, threats, and sometimes violence.

In November 2020, we highlighted how a taxi driver in Derby faced abuse and asked if he intended to “behead” a female customer.

Across Derbyshire, we work with the police and PCC’s office through a unique scheme called “Safety, Security & Beyond”, which works to help individual drivers and taxi firms.

The issue of racism and violence towards taxi drivers made headlines last year and referenced our tailored support scheme.

Malakai Blackham must also complete 90 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 compensation to the taxi driver he subjected to racist abuse. He must comply with a curfew until January 24, 2023.

Are you a taxi driver or taxi firm interested in our support scheme? Please email to register your interest and for further information.



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Racist jailed over abuse and assault on police outside Birmingham station

A racist who abused the public assaulted police officers, and subjected an officer to racist abuse received a three-month prison sentence last week.

Thirty-five-year-old Daniel Barker of Chatterley Drive in Stoke-on-Trent was guilty of five racially aggravated public order offences and one count of assault.

The British Transport Police (BTP) attended calls following reports of a fight outside Birmingham New Street Station on August 25 at 9:10 pm.

Barker was in a drunken state shouting racist and general abuse at station staff and members of the public, and arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Barker then spat at the arresting officer – a further arrest for assaulting an emergency worker.

A BTP officer faced racist abuse from Barker when placed in the vehicle. Upon arrival at custody, the racist abuse continued, with the Custody Sergeant targeted.

Barker did apologise after watching the bodycam footage, the press release added.

After the verdict, the investigating officer, PC Aaron Sephton, said: “This sentence should serve as a warning to others how unacceptable this behaviour is and will not be tolerated. Officers should be safe and free from such abuse when carrying out their duties.”

Appearing at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on August 27, Daniel Barker received a three-month prison sentence and must pay a £154 victim surcharge.

Tell MAMA proudly works alongside the BTP to work toward public safety and support those impacted by racism and all forms of hate crimes when travelling on the rail networks or working at any rail station.

Part of this partnership work includes tailored safety tips, which include advice like:

Note down where on the train you entered – remember the carriage number or letter or if you entered at the front, middle or back of the train

If travelling on the London Underground, remember the above information and note down the number of the carriage (located at the emergency exits of each carriage)

If attacked or abused, try to write down details like their appearance, clothing, and the time of the attack and where possible and safe to do so, take a photograph or video to share with Tell MAMA or the BTP

Copies of the advice in full appear in our Resources section in high-resolution PDFs.

You can get advice from our confidential and free helpline on 0800 456 1226. Or through our free iOS or Android apps. Report through our online form. Or contact us via WhatsApp on 0734 184 6086.

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