See the Liverpool list of unacceptable words and phrases, issued by the club to match-day staff in order to help them identify “unacceptable” language that might be used at home games.
In a renewed effort to combat discrimination and improve the team’s dubious image in this area, the foul-mouthed guide outlines possible offensive terms under headings of “race/religion”, “sexual orientation”, “gender” and “disability”.
Some fans may be surprised to see the inclusion of some of the gender-related terms in the Liverpool list of unacceptable words and phrases, such as “man up”, “play like a girl” and “don’t be a woman”.
Liverpool FC tell the club staff:
What YOU need to look out for……….
The Club wishes to eradicated any form of discrimination or discriminatory behaviour both on and off the football pitch. It’s important to understand the context of what’s being said, but here are examples of a few words worth listening out for which are usually offensive and the Club considers unacceptable;
Rishi Jain, the social inclusion officer for Liverpool who “helped compile the guide”, told The Guardian:
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.