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Protocol For Dealing With Discriminatory Abuse

Protocol specifically dealing with the matchday process where discriminatory behaviour by spectators is witnessed at Grassroots level.

This protocol specifically aims to deal with the match-day process for match officials where discriminatory behaviour by spectators is witnessed at grassroots matches.

It is not intended to go into the wider details of what constitutes discriminatory abuse, nor the investigation process or the full procedure for dealing with other incidents of discrimination or abuse. Details on these matters can be found at

Match day Process and Responsibilities

Club representatives are responsible for monitoring, reporting and acting on any abuse from their spectators. This protocol applies specifically where incidents are heard or witnessed by Players, Managers or Match Officials on the pitch. It aims to ensure that any discriminatory abuse directed at Players, Managers or Match Officials is effectively addressed and that Participants feel protected.

Any person that witnesses any form of discriminatory abuse should report the matter on match days immediately to the match Referee and submit a follow up report to Gloucestershire Football Association. If a person does not feel comfortable in reporting the matter to the GFA they should report the matter to Kick It Out to or through the Kick It Out App.



You can view and download the full Protocol document below.

download the guidance document below