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Saturday 28 May 2016

Liverpool FC issue club staff with list of 'unacceptable' words banned from use at Anfield

By Jack de Menezes

Published 31/07/2013

Luis Suarez defence of cultural misunderstanding was rejected
Luis Suarez defence of cultural misunderstanding was rejected

Liverpool have released a list of “unacceptable” words and phrases that they have given to all members of staff in an attempt to combat all forms of discrimination at Anfield.


The guide is part of a wider education programme at the club, and the banned words come under four separate headings of race/religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability.

The club have stressed that it is "important to understand the context of what's being said", although the majority of the list is rather self-explanatory. However, phrases like “princess” and “don’t be a woman” are included under the gender section.

The list was issued to all full-time and casual members of staff who come into contact with the public on match-days or a daily basis, although it was not given to the playing squad due to their separate guidance from the Football Association.

The club came under fire for its support of striker Luis Suarez after he was found guilty for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in December 2011, with Suarez receiving an eight-game ban.


Rishi Jain, the social inclusion officer for Liverpool who helped compile the guide, explained: "As part of the club's continued commitment to tackle all forms of discrimination, as well as promoting its approach to equality and diversity, Liverpool FC has been actively engaged in a full club-wide education and awareness programme.

"This programme includes interactive workshops and a handbook which is designed to provide information on the latest equality legislation including information relating to what terminology is deemed as both acceptable and unacceptable. This programme of awareness enables our employees to recognise inappropriate language and take the necessary steps to ensure Anfield is free from all forms of discrimination."

"Liverpool has been actively working with Kick it Out, Show Racism the Red Card and the Anthony Walker Foundation for many years and has been recognised externally for its contribution to helping tackle discrimination and promote Anfield as an inclusive and welcoming environment.

"The club has already attained Kick it Out's equality standard preliminary level and has recently submitted its application for the equality standard intermediate level demonstrating its continued commitment."

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