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Robbie Lyle: Football Fans Under Their Skin

  • Episode:


  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 30 Mar 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    10.45pm - 11.45pm

  • Week:

    Week 14 2020 : Sat 28 Mar - Fri 03 Apr

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  • Published:

    Wed 18 Mar 2020

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Robbie Lyle: Football Fans Under Their Skin

“When professional footballers get racist abuse, they can leave the pitch and get home on the team bus whilst the black fan is left in the stands to fend for themselves. When you went to football back in the day as a black fan it was dangerous. Dangerous. It was tough, it was hard, sometimes you were frightened. You stood out like a sore thumb and there were people who wanted to knock your head off only because you were black. It was bleak. I don’t want to see those days return for my children. But sadly I now believe that racism is creeping back into the game.” - Robbie Lyle, AFTV founder

This new documentary for ITV focuses on lifelong Arsenal fan and global YouTube star Robbie Lyle as he explores the issue of racism in football - not just for players on the pitch, but for the thousands of supporters like him who sit in the stands.

Robbie is the founder and figurehead of Arsenal Fan TV (AFTV), which he started in 2012 to give fans a voice and now has more than 800 million views on YouTube.

Several high-profile incidents involving players have led to racism returning to both back and front page headlines. In this programme, Robbie asks how fans across the diaspora - whether black, Asian or from another background - can be expected to cope when they face what seems to be an increase of racism on the terraces.

Cameras follow as Robbie attends his beloved Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, as he reveals he has been racially abused recently, and talks to other fans who speak out for the first time about their experiences of racism in football.

He also talks about how his experiences as a young black football fan have affected his attitude now he is a father, and his concern that while Britain has become increasingly multicultural, racism seems to have crept back onto the terraces and the streets around football grounds.

This is an Appeal production for ITV