A video has been circulating on social media video in which Harvey Elliott (Liverpool player) used abusive and discriminatory words and actions towards a player whilst watching last season’s Champions League final. The words used are, regrettably, often associated with derogatory comments about disabled people.
The actions and words of Elliott have no place in sport. We recognise that young professional footballers are instantly thrust into the spotlight and welcome the swift response and apology from both Harvey Elliott and Liverpool FC.
Tony Taylor, Chair of Level Playing Field said:
“We were shocked and appalled to view the video of Harvey Elliot that is circulating on social media. Football clubs are often the hub of their community, a place where fans can unite together to support their heroes and role models. This was a deeply unpleasant and senseless act by Harvey Elliot and something that should never happen again.
We know that Liverpool FC takes a responsible and positive approach to working with and on behalf of its disabled supporters. It is down to this young player to demonstrate that he shares those same values. Fans – all fans – must feel safe and accepted when attending matches.
Disability abuse and hate crimes in England and Wales have risen by a staggering 33%, according to in recent reports. Level Playing Field demands a zero tolerance approach to all forms of abuse and discrimination, regardless of the circumstances”.
Discrimination against protected characteristics, including disability, is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010 and can result in prosecution.
If you have witnessed or experienced disability abuse as a football fan, please get in touch with Level Playing Field so that we can raise it with the appropriate body. Contact us by clicking here.
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