Kammy: Rise in reporting of racist incidents is "fantastic"

Members of the campaign group, Show Racism the Red Card, met today in Leeds to discuss and welcome the rising number of racist incidents in sport now being reported to police.

The meeting, which included former Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder and Bradford City manager, Chris Kamara, who said that the rise in incidents is due to the ease in which they can now be reported:

Reports to the have risen by more than a third, while English football's governing body has seen an increase of 70 per cent.

The FA's head of judicial services Mark Ives told the Guardian newspaper that the rise is more to do with people being confident enough to report the abuse, rather than an increase in the number of incidents:

But Kick it Out director Roisin Wood, who described those responsible for the discrimination as "a stubborn element", said the number of complaints does not reflect the true scale of the issue.

Reporting of racist incidents in football has risen dramatically

The latest figures are revealed as police continue to examine mobile phonefootage following reports of racist and abusive behaviour by Chelsea fans on a train from London to Manchester on Sunday night.

Four men were asked by police to leave the train at Stoke station.

Last month, Chelsea fans were filmed on the Paris Metro shouting racist chants and refusing to allow a black man on to a train carriage before the Champions League game against Paris St Germain. The club suspended five supporters in connection with the incident.

Another group of fans returning from Paris were heard shouting racist chants at London's St Pancras station.