Players from England's professional football leagues have told a campaign group that racism and homophobiaare common in the game. Over 200 professionals playing in the Premier League, and the three divisions below it, took part in a survey conducted by the campaigners Kick It Out. The organization said both racism and homophobia were everywhere in English football. Over half of those who answered the survey said they regularly see racism and homophobia. A quarter said they have had racist or homophobic comments from fans or other players. One in five said they have seen it from their own teammates. Many players said there shouldbe better policing at football matches.
Kick It Out said things were improving but progress was too slow. It said many players complained about the slow progress. Its website said: "During the 2012/13 season, a number of players publicly displayed their discontent at what they believed to be a lack of progress in tackling racism and discrimination across the game." Former Premier League player Paul Mortimer said there was less racism and homophobia now than there was in the 1980s and 1990s. He said: "If you pick any club in the country, any stadium or any trainingground, everything in a club has moved on. But some of the discriminatory vocabulary used is from a bygoneera. This kind of mentality is still in the dark ages. It has to move on."