Chasetown release statement after ‘reports of unsavoury incidents’

The club says it will ban fans who don’t abide by their standards

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The board of directors at non-league Staffordshire club Chasetown have released a statement after receiving reports of “unsavoury incidents and unacceptable language from both adults and children” over the past few matches.

In the statement, the club underlined that those who fail to abide by their standards will “no longer be welcome.”

“Foul and abusive language and/or anti social behaviour will not be tolerated,” it added.

“In future fixtures, we intend to increase stewarding and make public address announcements to remind everyone of our code of conduct.

“Anyone falling short of our requirements will be asked to leave the ground and banned from future attendance.

Chasetown Football Club are committed to creating a safe and enjoyable match day experience for all and a tiny number of so-called supporters will not ruin the experience for the majority.”

The club thanked fans for their support and hoped they saw officials’ efforts in ensuring games at The Scholars Ground were an “enjoyable, safe and a pleasurable” experience.


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Fans react to statement

Supporters praised Chasetown for their statement, many reacting to it on social media.

One wrote: “A very good, strong, robust statement that needed saying as what’s been going on at home the last two games has been totally unacceptable.

“Hopefully going forward this robust stance by the Board will have the desired effect.”

Another added: “Fantastic to see a club speaking out against coarse effing and jeffing, and inappropriate shouts. Well done, Chasetown.”

A fellow supporter said: “So pleased to see this statement as Chasetown is and always has been a family club with pleasant and friendly supporters.

“I hope this will not be allowed to damage our friendly and welcoming reputation.”

“Thank you for making a stand on this, it should be a family experience,” another commented.

Chasetown went second in the Northern Premier League West Division on Saturday following a 1-0 victory over Histon.

They face a trip to Corby Town next Saturday where they will try and make it six games unbeaten.

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