Leeds United fans urged to report racism

Ray Fell at Elland Road
Ray Fell at Elland Road
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Leeds United supporters have been urged to report any incidents of racism at the club after fans were named and shamed in a police league table.

As reported in the YEP, British Transport Police (BTP) said they had received 10 allegations of racist incidents involving Whites fans over the last three years - joint second highest for any football club nationally, along with Manchester United. Chelsea FC topped the table with 15 incidents.

Ray Fell, chairman of Leeds United Supporters’ Club told the YEP it’s a minority of fans who give the rest a bad name and urged people to report any incidents to police.

He said: “As a supporters’ club, we are completely against racism or any misbehaviour in football grounds. We support the police and the club in any way we can to try and rid ourselves of this. There’s no room for it in football or outside of football and it’s pleasing if police are catching people coming out with racist remarks.

“I would advise the decent Leeds fans where they come across it to report it. It’s something that puts a stigma on the rest of us and we don’t want it.”

The figures showed the BTP dealt with 128 allegations of racism, with 44 cases in 2012-13, 65 in 2014-14 and 28 so far this season. Other forces across the country also dealt with more than 200 incidents.

But the true figure is likely to be much higher as around half the forces in the country – including West Yorkshire Police – did not provide information.

Ray said: “In my mind, it’s as bad to be on the list as it is to be at the top. Racism is something we deplore and if there’s a way of remove it from football then so much the better.”

He added: “We’ve got the best fanbase in the country. If Leeds were playing in Timbuktu with a 3am kick-off our fans would be there. It’s just a pity, like all clubs, that we have a small minority that are difficult to pull out and deal with, but it’s better for the majority if that’s done.”

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