LONDON – Reports of discrimination in English football rose for the seventh successive year last season, equality organization Kick it Out said Wednesday.
Figures gathered by the anti-racism group showed reports of racism - in league and grass-roots football - grew 43 per cent last season, from 192 to 274.
The total of 581 reports of discrimination of all kinds is more than double the figure from five years ago.
Roisin Wood, the chief of Kick it Out, told BBC Sport the increase in reports of racist abuse were linked to Brexit.
"I think you can't not link them together," she said. "We're seeing a lot of reports of 'go back to where you came from' which we haven't seen for a while, which seems to be on the back of Brexit."