Yel­lows’ mes­sage on abuse

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

SOUTH­PORT were this week forced to re­lease an of­fi­cial club state­ment this week re­gard­ing “be­hav­iour, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and on­line abuse.”

The state­ment read: “South­port Foot­ball Club is for­tu­nate to have pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated sup­port­ers who care a great deal about the club’s on pitch and off pitch per­for­mance.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of our sup­port­ers rep­re­sent the club in an im­pec­ca­ble man­ner. The club re­ceives reg­u­lar feed­back from other clubs prais­ing the be­hav­iour of our fans when trav­el­ling away.

“We know that the man­age­ment, and the play­ing staff, are grateful for the sup­port re­ceived dur­ing games, and for the will­ing­ness of fans to travel great lengths to watch the team, in any weather, in any cir­cum­stances. The club board is in­cred­i­bly grateful for this, and we will con­tin­u­ally strive to give you a club to be proud of.

“How­ever, the club was re­cently dis­ap­pointed to re­ceive re­ports from sup­port­ers at­tend­ing with their fam­i­lies, of un­ac­cept­able abuse and foul lan­guage in­side the ground.

The club asked for care and con­sid­er­a­tion from fans in­side the ground, es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to younger sup­port­ers, fam­i­lies, op­po­nents and vis­it­ing of­fi­cials. The state­ment also warned “those en­gag­ing in foul and abu­sive lan­guage may be sub­ject to ejec­tion and ban­ning or­ders.”

And the club ended with a clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the stance re­gard­ing on­line abuse.

“The club fully sup­ports the right of sup­port­ers to crit­i­cise where they feel nec­es­sary.

“We value all con­struc­tive feed­back re­ceived, be it pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive.

How­ever, in re­cent weeks there have been in­creas­ing lev­els of com­ment that the club con­sid­ers to be “abuse”. Abuse in this con­text can be classed as (but is not nec­es­sar­ily limited to) any com­mu­ni­ca­tion that makes false claims against an in­di­vid­ual, or threat­ens, or in­tim­i­dates any of our staff and vol­un­teers”.

Mike Jones on the break for Tar­leton

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