Mind your language: What words not to use at a football game

    Liverpool are owned by the Fenway Sports Group, which also owns the Boston Red Sox.

    Story highlights

    • Liverpool issue a list of banned discriminatory terms to employees
    • The list contains words relating to race/religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability
    • Anti-racism organization Kick It Out launches an app allowing fans to report abuse
    • Kick It Out was first established in 1993
    English Premier League grounds are noted for their passionate atmosphere and fans sometimes overstep the boundaries of public decency.
    In the task of adjudicating just what is and isn't acceptable to say at a football game, leading English Premier League club Liverpool has issued a list of banned words to its employees in its efforts to rid football of discriminatory behavior.
    The list of offensive words relates to race and religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability and was circulated to members of Liverpool's staff as part of a longer presentation, one page of which was leaked on the internet.
    "The club wishes to eradicate any form of discrimination or discriminatory behavior both on and off the football pitch," reads the leaked document, which Liverpool confirmed was accurate.
    "It's important to understand the context of what's being said, but here are examples of words worth listening out for which are usually offensive and the club consider unacceptable."
    The list included terms such as "n****r", "queen", "don't be a woman," "cripple" as well as "princess"and "man up".
    "The list -- which is accurate -- was part of a larger, private education program that is designed to teach our employees to recognize any and all forms of discrimination on the grounds, on and off the pitch," a Liverpool spokesman told CNN.
    "As it was part of a private presentation, LFC cannot pass you on a copy."
    The guidelines have has not been reportedly issued to Liverpool players because they receive separate instructions from the Football Association.
    The document prompted much discussion on social networking site Twitter with Guardian journalist Barney Ronay writing: "Catching up with this Liverpool story. I see "lady-boy" appears under both Gender and Sexual Orientation but "she-man" is only under Gender. Typical anti-she man bias."
    English football has been blighted by a series of racism scandals in recent years.