Equal Opportunities Policy
STOKE CITY FC are dedicated to eliminating discrimination, whether by reason of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.
The Club intends to act in a way that makes sure that all staff members can achieve their full potential and employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria.
Equality of opportunity means the Club will not discriminate against, or in any way treat less favourably, any person on grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment in any of its activities.
This policy will be applicable to:
- the advertisement of jobs
- the selection of candidates for employment or promotion
- job location or working environment
- pay and employment terms and conditions
- internal training and development activities
- internal and external coaching and education activities and awards
- football development activities
The Club works proactively alongside other organisations such as Kick It Out, Show Racism The Red Card and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity.
The Club will not tolerate sexual or racially based harassment, or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal at the bet365 Stadium.
Over 300 stewards are employed on a matchday and one of their primary roles is to monitor supporter's behaviour.
The Club is committed to providing a safe and friendly environment in which all members of our community can enjoy watching football.
It adopts a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of racism, anti-social behaviour and discrimination at the bet365 Stadium and are pro-active in attempts to maintain this.
The Club remains committed to actively eradicating any discriminatory behaviour and supporters must also embrace this fundamental policy. As part of the terms and conditions of issuing Season Cards or individual match tickets, supporters must not engage in any discriminatory behaviour. Any supporter who does not adhere to this policy will be dealt with in the strongest terms which could include being ejected from the bet365 Stadium and/or having their match ticket or Season Card removed/deactivated.
Any complaints received regarding discriminatory behaviour are closely monitored by stewards, and where necessary, working in liaison with the police who are on duty within the bet365 Stadium, appropriate action is taken as a result of this monitoring procedure.
To report any offensive chanting or behaviour during the match text 07920 448570 (quoting the stand name, row number, seat number, description of the offender and incident).
After the match call 0871 663 2008, text 07920 448570 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
KICK IT OUT have released the second version of its reporting app, providing users with the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to help support investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour across football.
The free app - available now from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store - allows users to confidentially report incidents they may see, hear or be the victim of at a match.
The new version of the app also allows complainants to shield their identifying information from professional clubs and the football authorities by clicking the 'remain anonymous' button contained within the reporting form.