Yellows’ message on abuse
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”.