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Anti-Discrimination Organisation says hate permeates in football

An anti-discrimination organisation says it is seeing “incidents of hate” in football every week.

Kick It Out says it received 402 reports of discrimination last season, up from 393 in 2014-15. Of those, 135 were in the professional game.

The most significant rise in reporting concerned social media, with 194 reported incidents, an increase of 18%.

The Kick It Out report comes just a day after new figures suggested a 20% rise in hate crimes in England and Wales.

The organisation is now calling on sponsors and football authorities to work together to tackle the issue.

Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley said education projects would help.