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Kick It Out: racism 'still a problem' in football

The Chair of Kick It Out, the organisation that aims to stop racism in football, says there's still plenty of work to do.

Lord Herman Ouseley was responding to reports of racist chanting by Carlisle United fans, in the club's FA Cup defeat to Everton.

We've seen an increase in reported incidents in football, mainly at grassroots level but still happening at the professional level.

And right across society there's an increase in reported hate crimes. So we still have a problem in football that has to be tackled."

– Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair Kick it Out

Curle: club 'will not stop' until alleged racist chanters caught

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says the club "will not stop" until people responsible for alleged racist chanting in the FA Cup tie against Everton are caught:

I know they have got stewards and stewarding within the terracing. They have got CCTV as well. And again the football club will not stop.

We don't want it in Brunton Park, we don't want it in society and we will do everything we can to identify who it was and make sure that the relevant penalties or punishments will be adhered to."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager


Police to investigate 'racism' against Everton players

Police are investigating reports of racist behaviour directed towards Everton's football players on the pitch during Carlisle's FA Cup fourth round tie.

The alleged incident happened following Everton's first goal in the match - scored by their Ivorian striker Arouna Koné.

Officers want anyone at Carlisle's ground to get in touch with them if they heard any racist remarks.

The club has also confirmed that it will conduct its own investigation and will punish any supporters who are found to have made racist comments.

"We are investigating allegations of racist behaviour directed towards Everton players following the first goal.

"Hate crime will not be tolerated in this county and any allegation will be fully investigated.

"We ask that anyone with information makes contact with police."

– Superintendent Justin Bibby, Cumbria Police


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