A NEW charter to get rid of racial abuse in sport is working well, say its Kirklees organisers.
Individuals, clubs and organisations who do not follow the charter can be reported and issued with a "yellow card" warning if they are found to be in breach.
Further offences could result in a "red card", with the use of facilities being withdrawn and a report sent to the governing body of the sport.
The Score charter has proved its worth in the year since it started, say organisers.
Richard Brooker, head of Kirklees Council's leisure services, said: "The Score initiative has worked successfully this year to help build confidence in the system.
"Any group or individual, league or club who use council- owned facilities for sport or recreation has agreed to the principles of Score by signing up to the charter as part of the booking arrangement.
"While there has only been a single reported incident, we feel the system has worked well and should allow any future incidents to be dealt with effectively, should the need arise."
Score - standing for the Sports Charter for Racial Equality - has been developed by the council, Kirklees Racial Equality Council and Kirklees Sports Council.
The single reported incident did not result in any of the disciplinary measures being taken.
Mr Brooker said: "The Score scheme builds on other ideas, such as the West Yorkshire FA and the Kick it Out campaign, which address issues around racial abuse."