Tell MAMA and Show Racism the Red Card examine examples of Islamophobia at football matches and encourage all fans to stand up to prejudice.
"Individuals must also take responsibility for recognising contemporary racism such as Islamophobia and start to take a stand against it. That’s why it is fundamental that transparent reporting mechanisms are in place to ensure that individuals feel confident enough to report racist abuse."
Spokesperson, Show Racism the Red Card
Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), the national project which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents in the United Kingdom, have given their perspective on a number of recent examples of Islamophobic and prejudicial behaviour displayed by a small number of fans during professional football matches.
Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (MAMA) is a secure and reliable service that allows people from across England to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse. The organisation has created a unique portal where you may address your concerns and record any incident that you experience as a result of your Muslim faith or someone perceiving you to be Muslim. Non-Muslim’s are also able to report Islamophobic hate crime should they witness it.
Show Racism the Red Card is pleased to see this issue being addressed as a societal problem, rather than as an issue specific or unique to football, and we were happy to comment about the incidents from our perspective as an anti-racism education charity.
You can read the full report ‘Kick Islamophobia Out of English Football’ by journalist and Tell MAMA collaborator Steve Rose here. Steve Rose is part of SRtRC's 'Writers Against Racism' collective and was recently interviewed by the campaign anout the impact of the current immigration debate.
Show Racism the Red Card are proud supporters of Tell MAMA and deliver anti-racism educational workshops to over 50,000 young people every year. Many of the workshops focus on examining the myths and misinformation surrounding Islam and seek to help young people to develop the critical thinking skills to challenge prejudicial attitudes and information.