25 March 2019
Renée Hector has the full support of Women in Football
Women in Football wishes to express disgust at the disgraceful and wholly unacceptable racial abuse directed at Renée Hector of Tottenham Ladies on social media.
We would like to commend Renée for calling out the racist abuse she received while playing for Spurs against Sheffield United, and the prompt action taken by the relevant governing bodies and club.
However, the targeting of Renée on social media, along with other players who have spoken out in recent times, is an issue that must be urgently addressed.
There is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination in our game and society.
A zero-tolerance policy is imperative, including social media platforms, and one which must be consistently implemented to stamp out all forms of discriminatory behaviour.
Whether it be governing bodies including The FA, UEFA and FIFA, or social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, responsibility – and action - has to be taken.
Women in Football believes that clear, visible and simple methods of reporting discrimination are imperative.
So too is the need for those governing bodies and organisations to take swift action, whether it be points deductions or criminal prosecution for hate crime.
We will continue to work with those affected by this vile behaviour, and with football bodies and social media, to tackle it whenever it arises.
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