Discrimination has no place in football
That’s the same whether on or off the pitch, at the training ground or in the stands. We are committed to use our influence to end discrimination in football. As such, we take any news of discrimination in football extremely seriously. If you tell us about something, we will act promptly and respond appropriately. 

Using our influence we can put an end to discrimination in football

What counts as discrimination?

Discriminatory abuse can be a negative reference to any or more of the following ‘protected characteristics’ covered by the Equality Act 2010:

- Age
- Disability
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Race
- Religion and belief
- Sex (gender)
- Sexual orientation
Using our influence we can put an end to discrimination in football
How do I report discrimination?
If you’ve been a victim of discrimination, or you’ve witnessed somebody else being a victim of discrimination, please report it here. You’ll be asked to provide your details, along with details of the incident including who was involved, and where the incident occurred. 

Alternatively, you can also report it on the Kick It Out website.
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Kick it Out

A charity that tackles all types of discrimination in football, Kick it Out is here to help and improve the game.

What will happen after I report discrimination?
We act.
Once you’ve filled in the online report form on the England Football website and submitted it, the central FA team will share the case with the local CFA and oversee the process.

A CFA investigation then takes place. The evidence will be reviewed and a charge, if one is made, will be determined.

We’ll tackle it.
If a charge is made by the CFA, a disciplinary commission appointed by The FA will review the case.

The alleged offender will be asked for a response to the allegation, and all identified witnesses will be asked to make a statement too.

Once the disciplinary commission have completed the hearing, the offence is either proven or not proven. Any outcome would be subject to appeal.


No. These details are private and confidential, but the County FA should keep you informed appropriately.

This is very much dependent on the complexity of the case. No two cases are the same, however, County FAs prioritise cases appropriately and the process is overseen by The FA to ensure matters are progressed as efficiently as possible.

The County FA will aim to keep you well informed on the progress of the report. They will not discuss the details of the case with any witness during the investigation in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

Your County FA. However, they will not be able to discuss details of the case with any party in order to maintain the integrity of the case. They will however be able to give you an expected timeline.

The County FA will maintain contact with you to progress the case.


If there is insufficient evidence to determine whether a case is likely to succeed, there may be no further action. This is why your local County FA will fully investigate the case to ensure they can obtain as much information as possible in order to reach the correct outcome.

A case when charged will then go to a hearing and a Discipline Commission will determine whether the case is Proven or Not Proven on the Balance of Probability.

For any Proven case, the person responsible would receive a suspension, fine and be required to undertake a mandatory education programme.

Appeals can be made either by the person charged or The FA.


In any fair disciplinary process, whether in sport or in civil cases, any person charged for an offence has the right to be able to challenge the statements. Therefore, statements cannot be taken anonymously. The process however will ensure the evidence can be presented in a safe environment.

The data is stored within our legal requirements and in accordance with GDPR. Follow the link below to view our data policies:


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