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Thursday, December 22, 2016

League Chairman Urges Clubs to Tackle Bad Language



The Evo-Stik Southern League chairman Terry Barratt has urged clubs to do more to control bad language.

He said that it can discourage youngsters from attending matches, saying that they are the future of the game.

"Over the past few weeks we have received a number of complaints from supporters and clubs regarding foul and abusive language," Barratt told the league website.

"Can we remind clubs that it is your responsibility for controlling your players, officials and supporters.

"We have, and will continue to stress to the Football Association Match Officials Department that we as a league want to see this unsavoury action eradicated from the game.

"We all wish to encourage younger supporters, they are our future. 

"Parents do not wish to have their children subjected to bad language. From experience, if one person writes in, there are at least ten who vote with their feet."

He also said that clubs need to do more to eradicate the problem.

"Is it in your programme and on your website that bad language is unacceptable and the perpetrators will be ejected? 

"It is in all our interest to stamp out this unsavoury behaviour."

At Edgar Street, the family areas of the ground have a zero tolerance policy with regards to anti-social behaviour. This includes threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language, racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse.

The ground regulations reiterate this:
9 The use of threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden and will result in arrest and/or ejection from the Ground. The Club may impose a ban for one or more matches or a defined period of time.