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What is hate crime?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has a common definition of hate incidents – any incident that the victim or anyone else thinks was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following personal characteristics:

- Disability 

- Race or ethnicity

- Sexual orientation

- Transgender identity

Hate incidents can be verbal abuse, like name-calling or offensive jokes; bullying or intimidation; physical attacks; threats; online abuse for example on social media; displaying or circulating discriminatory literature; damage to your home or possessions; or abuse of friendships – this is sometimes called “mate crime”.

How to report hate at Oakwell

If you are attending any home matchdays and you have received or been witness to, or have any concerns about any hate incident, you can report it immediately by texting HATE to 60777.

You can also contact the Club by email, or by phone on 01226 211 211.

Kick it Out provide a reporting app, which provides users with the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to help support investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour.

The Kick It Out app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App store or from Google Play

Links to leaflets which are in several languages: Hate Crime Leaflets in Multiple Languages (yhrn.police)

Link to report Hate Crime to SYP:

Information page on Hate Crime:

Reporting for players and staff

For players and staff at Barnsley FC who want to report an incident of discrimination or inappropriate behaviour on matchday/non-matchday, the procedure is to escalate the matter to the relevant line manager. This can be done in person, in writing or via email.

External communication

Barnsley FC is committed to highlighting, when appropriate, incidents relating to discrimination or inappropriate behaviours to its supporters and the general public in order to reduce the incidence of such occurrences.

The Club will use every means to ensure that anyone associated with the Club is aware of what is considered to be unacceptable behaviour on matchdays and non-matchdays. Communication on matchdays will also be provided in the Club matchday programme and through the stadium's public address system.

Barnsley FC operate a zero tolerance policy on discrimination of any sort. Anyone found to be in breach of this rule will face punishment. Reported acts of disciplinary conduct by the club’s supporters are also highly likely to lead to formal disciplinary action by the FA.

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