Posted on November 19, 2021

Australia Issues Guidelines on Tackling Spectator Racism in Stadiums

Reuters, November 17, 2021

Australia’s human rights watchdog has recommended the appointment of game-day integrity officers to respond to reports of racial abuse by sports fans as part of new guidelines to stamp out racism in stadium crowds.


“We need consistent and strong responses to spectator racism across the sporting codes to send a united message that racism will not be tolerated, and that there will be serious consequences when it occurs,” AHRC’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said {snip}

The guidelines include setting up mechanisms to allow fans to report racial abuse by text message and training staff at stadiums in de-escalation techniques.