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1st Edition

Discrimination in Football

ISBN 9780367518073
Published May 18, 2021 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

While football does not generate discriminatory behaviour, it often replicates the very same social issues that concern any given society. Evidently, football has witnessed an alarming increase in the number of disturbing incidents on the grounds of racism, ethnocentrism, sectarianism, homophobia, and sexism. Given the variety of forms that discrimination can take, it is imperative that football addresses with effect all such anti-social phenomena in order to continue to promote notions pertaining to social inclusion, equality, and cultural diversity – all central to the game’s philosophy and overall popularity. Assessing the nature and causes of discrimination in football is key to identifying the much-needed remedies, but also because discrimination poses a serious challenge to long-established practices deeply rooted in democracy. Discrimination in Football provides a comprehensive and in-depth investigation into these key issues affecting football today.

This new book will appeal to academics and students with an interest in social science, law, sport, and humanities as well as football fans and professionals in the football industry.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Governing discrimination

3. Racism

4. Nationalism

5. Sectarianism

6. Homophobia

7 Sexism

8. Anti-discrimination

9. Conclusion

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Christos Kassimeris is a professor in political science in the School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences at the European University Cyprus.


"The author provides a comprehensive and in-depth investigation of discrimination in football. Covering a variety of areas of discrimination and the marginalisation of different groups, the author examines contemporary examples and areas of best practice in tacking discrimination, which will be invaluable to sports scholars."

Dr Tom Webb, Senior Lecturer Sport Management and Development, University of Portsmouth, UK.