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Reports of discrimination rise in English football

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling allegedly suffered racist abuse at the hands of Chelsea fans last season.

Reports of discrimination across all levels of English football rose by 32 percent last season, according to a study released by equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out on Wednesday.

There were 422 reports of discrimination in 2018, up from 319 in the previous season, with racism remaining the most common form of discrimination in professional and grassroots football, constituting 65 percent of reports.

Reports of faith-based discrimination, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, increased...

Fleetwood boss Barton charged with ABH

Joey Barton was appointed Fleetwood boss in April 2018.

Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has been charged with actual bodily harm over an incident at Barnsley after a match in April between the two League One sides in England's third tier, South Yorkshire police said on Wednesday.

Barton was alleged to have left Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel with "blood pouring from his face" after the game, prompting the club to report it to the English Football League and the Football Association.

Barton had denied allegations that he had assaulted Stendel after...

Police arrest man after Fratton Park bomb threats

Hampshire Police and Portsmouth FC have confirmed that there will be enhanced security checks in place at Fratton Park on Thursday evening.
Hampshire Police and Portsmouth FC have confirmed that there will be enhanced security checks in place at Fratton Park on Thursday evening.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested after making bomb threats on Twitter ahead of Thursday's League One playoff fixture between Portsmouth and Sunderland.

Hampshire Police released a statement on Thursday morning which said the man from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning and that he remains in custody. 

The statement added: "We continue to work with Portsmouth FC and can assure the public that a sufficient policing response will be in place for...

Bolton to begin next season with 12-point deduction

Bolton Wanderers will begin next season in League One with a 12-point deduction after going into administration, the English Football League (EFL) said on Monday.

The EFL said it will now begin discussions with Bolton's administrators aimed at achieving a long-term future for the club whose relegation from the Championship was confirmed last month.

Bolton filed their notice of intention to appoint administrators last week after a winding-up order was adjourned.

Founder members of the Football League...