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The most racist British clubs have been determined - and there are a few surprises

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"People who exhibit racist behaviours in 2015 are doing so, in the main, away from football grounds"
"People who exhibit racist behaviours in 2015 are doing so, in the main, away from football grounds"

Manchester United fans have come near the top of a list of the number of reported racist incidents, according to the findings of an inquiry.

The British Transport Police said since 2012 it had dealt with 15 incidents of alleged racism involving Chelsea fans, the most of any club in the country.

Manchester United were second with 10 incidents, followed by Leeds with 10, West Ham with eight, Arsenal with four and Portsmouth with four.

Greater Manchester police reported 46 incidents, which included a man cleaning a toilet in a stadium being told "that's a f****** black man's job, you f****** n*****" and a manager at a children's game being told "I'll do you, I'm gonna wait for you outside, I'm going to do you, you f****** n*****".

The force also said that on two occasions a letter was written to a specific footballer containing racist abuse and during a game someone shouted "what is this the United Nations, how many chinks and wogs do you need?".

Racism is widespread in English football with police having to deal with hundreds of incidents from the top of the game right down to grassroots level, the investigation revealed.

It also revealed that Chelsea supporters have been involved in the most number of reported racist incidents as they travelled to and from matches on trains.

It follows the high profile case of a black man who was prevented from boarding a train in Paris by Chelsea fans as they sang a racist song, with five of them due in court this week.

The information, gathered by the Press Association from 24 police forces across the country, shows there have been over 350 incidents since 2012.

But as that only accounts for around half the police forces in the country, the actual figure is likely to be much higher.

The charity Show Racism The Red Card said the number of incidents shows that racism is a societal problem and it was particularly shocked by the number of incidents of racist abuse at children's matches.

The British Transport Police said since 2012 it had dealt with 15 incidents of alleged racism involving Chelsea fans, the most of any club in the country.

Gavin Sutherland, campaign co-ordinator at Show Racism The Red Card, said: "This data from police forces around the UK shows that although football clubs have taken strong action against people using racist language inside stadiums, racism is a real problem within society.

"People who exhibit racist behaviours in 2015 are doing so, in the main, away from football grounds.

"Especially worrying are the incidents of racist abuse at youth team football matches. People engaged in racist abuse at these venues know that they are more likely to get away with it, because of facilities, a lack of stewarding and security, but the impact on young people will be considerable.

"Primarily, they are being exposed to racism, which in itself is frightening, but also it may influence their own behaviour."