No one is more fed up of reading “Statements from the Chairman” than the author but on this occasion it comes on the back of my discussions with the Police Scotland Officers in attendance at last night’s match versus Clyde, who have asked that I make a public statement to clarify their, as well as the Club’s, stance.
I will keep this brief:
- a number of our young fans crossed over the line from acceptable to unacceptable, arguably criminal, behaviour
- the unacceptable behaviour was fully witnessed and the details of the individuals concerned are known to Police Scotland
- those responsible are well aware of the actions behind “crossing the line”
- on this occasion, in discussion with the Club and the complainant, Police Scotland will be taking no further action
However, let me make it abundantly clear that my patience is running out and I give fair warning that I will not continue to allow the actions of a very small minority potentially spoil the enjoyment for the vast majority.
Aside from the family friendly environment that Stirling Albion strives to achieve, there is the potential for a financial impact in respect of additional stewarding / policing, that the Club can ill afford.
In summary, attend, create an atmosphere and stay on the right side of the line and you will be more than welcome. Transgress and action will be taken.
Finally, an update with regards to the smoke bomb incident at the Montrose game – the Police Scotland and the SFA Compliance Officer’s investigations are ongoing, with the full co-operation of the Club.
Stirling Albion FC