West Ham United is supporting the Premier League's No Room For Racism campaign, not just at Saturday’s home fixture with Chelsea, but every day of the year.
Launched in March 2019, No Room For Racism is an initiative committed to promoting and improving equality and diversity, celebrates the diversity of the Premier League and makes it clear that racism is not acceptable in our competition or the wider sport.
Players, staff and supporters are also encouraged to challenge and report racism wherever it takes place, encouraging behavioural change in football and wider society with the message ‘Challenge it, report it, change it’.
However, two years on from its launch, No Room For Racism remains as important as ever, with coaches and managers continuing to suffer racist abuse, both in-person and online.
The Premier League and its member clubs have acted to combat this vile behaviour and change attitudes: a central reporting system has been created for players, managers and their family members who receive serious discriminatory abuse online to report it; a No Room For Racism Action Plan has been launched to create greater opportunities for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in football; educational resources have been made available to more than 18,000 primary schools. These commitments build on the existing action taken by the Premier League and clubs throughout the year.
West Ham United is proud of their commitment and ongoing dedication to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). The Hammers were awarded the Premier League’s Equality Standard Advanced level in March 2021, recognising the Club’s inclusive culture, policies, leadership and people, along with the work done to encourage people from all communities to participate in Club activities.
With a diverse workforce including first-team men’s and women’s players drawn from 25 different countries across six continents and a fanbase all over the world, West Ham United is a Club that welcomes everyone.
The Club has established a Staff Equality Forum that includes 14 employees, 65% of whom are from ethnic minority backgrounds, which is helping to ensure that equality is embedded at every level of the organisation, feeding directly into the Board and supporting in our aim to become an equality leader in the Premier League.
This weekend, the Irons will support No Room For Racism at London Stadium and across its Official Programme, whufc.com and social media channels.
The Official Programme for Saturday’s London derby with Chelsea features a special black and white cover, recognising the No Room For Racism branding, and features an interview with first-team coach Paul Nevin and defender Ben Johnson, as well as information on how players, staff and supporters can report racist behaviour.
The Club’s Official Website and social media channels will feature the interview with Nevin and Johnson, information on reporting abuse, plus coverage of No Room For Racism’s presence at London Stadium, which includes a branded ball plinth, handshake board and perimeter LED boards, logos on the players’ shirt sleeves and badges for the managers.
As 2021 continues, the Club will focus on key strands of our Players’ Project – Poverty, Equality and Loneliness – so that West Ham United can do everything possible to help local communities recover from the impact of COVID 19.
CHALLENGE IT. REPORT IT. CHANGE IT.
There is No Room For Racism. Anywhere.
Not online, not in the stands, not at home and not on the streets.
We all must come together as fans, as players and as clubs to combat discrimination wherever it exists in society.
Through No Room For Racism, the Premier League and its clubs work with fans, the FA, EFL, PFA, Kick It Out and the police to tackle racism on and off the pitch, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of football.
Together we can all do more to make a positive impact.
So, if you see discrimination, challenge it, report it, change it.
HOW TO REPORT ABUSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Racism in any form will not be tolerated by the Premier League and our clubs and we urge encourage supporters to continue to play their part in this by reporting it.
If you see a post on social media you believe is discriminatory, you can report it to the site or platform where it was posted.
They have people who will review your report and decide on taking it down.
Here is how to report an abusive post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter:
Instagram – Tap the three dots above the post you want to report, select ‘Report’, answer the two questions to describe why the content is abusive, press submit.
Facebook – Tap the three dots in the top right of the post you want to report, select ‘Find support or report post’, select the option that describes why the content is abusive, press submit.
Twitter – Tap the three dots icon on the Tweet you want to report, select ‘Report’ and then ‘it’s abusive and harmful’, answer the short follow-up questions and then submit.