In British law, race and religion are increasingly becoming deliberately confused for the purpose of accusing critics of Islam of racism.
A soccer fan was recently arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after allegedly ripping up pages of the Qur'an and throwing them at a match. While on bail, he was also banned from attending any football games, visiting St Andrew's – the stadium of the incident -, and going to any city where his team Middlesbrough was playing.
Insults against Islam are taken very seriously in Britain, and the world of soccer is particularly sensitive to them. After the incident, Middlesbrough Football Club suspended six more people, and vowed to ban anyone convicted of the "crime" from the Riverside Stadium, its home ground, for life.