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Islamophobic hate crimes have fallen since salah joined Liverpool

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0, claiming their sixth European title. Salah is one of the world’s most famous footballers, and he happens to be Muslim. Whenever Salah scores, he kneels down and performs his trademark sujood – a show of subservience – in celebration the goal. His immense popularity has seemingly led to an unexpected result: reports of Islamophobic hate crimes have fallen since he joined Liverpool. An academic paper from Stanford University’s Immigration Policy Lab researched whether Salah’s faith had influenced Islamophobia in Merseyside, the British county home to Liverpool Football Club. The paper, published on May 30, surveyed 8,060 Liverpool supporters, investigated 936 hate crimes from 25 police departments in the region, and examined 15 million tweets sent from football fans in the UK since Salah signed with the club. The results were positive: a 18.9% drop in hate crimes — while anti-Muslim tweets fell by half, from 7.2% to 3.4%. “The survey experiment suggests that these results may be driven by increased familiarity with Islam,” the paper stated. “These findings suggest that positive exposure to outgroup celebrities can reveal new and humanizing information about the group at large, reducing prejudiced attitudes and behaviors.” See more from the week in pictures at the link in our bio.⁣⠀