Incidents of racist abuse in football been rising last season, according to a report by anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out. However official reports don’t show the full scale of the problem.
Professional players are being subjected to racist chants, verbal abuse and trolling on social media simply because of the colour of their skin.
When did it start?
In the 1970s and 1980s racism was a huge problem. Professional black players faced mass racist chanting from large sections of the crowd and banana skins were thrown onto the pitch.
In the 1970s there were very few black or ethnic minority (BAME) players, referees, coaches or bosses in positions of power in the FA.
But nearly half a century on racism in football is still a big problem.
This year has seen a rise in racist abuse both on and off the pitch. Race and religious hate crimes have increased across England and Wales.
Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany thinks the lack of diversity in football organisations is part of the problem in tackling racism.