Foul and Abusive Language
Following on from a number of enquiries from supporters following recent matches and a face-to-face meeting with a concerned father with regards to the environment he is bringing his sons into at Forthbank Stadium, I consider the time is right to review and indeed reinforce our policy.
The wording of the policy is as follows…
Stirling Albion FC would like to clarify its position with regards to the use of foul and abusive language within the confines of Forthbank Stadium.
The guidelines are not intended to inhibit fans’ enjoyment; indeed, the intention is very much to enhance the overall experience of everyone attending the stadium.
The Club understands that, for some, the use of emotive/strong language is part and parcel of attending a game of football and it is not our intention to impose a zero tolerance to the use of such language.
However, the repeated and persistent use of foul and abusive language, particularly when directed at an individual, is unacceptable. Anyone guilty of such behaviour can expect to be dealt with. In the first instance, this is likely to be in the form of a warning. Failure to respond positively to such a warning may lead to the individual being removed from the stadium.
In simple terms, the Club would ask that all fans respect every other fan in attendance.
Any fan who considers that the spirit of the guidelines is not being adhered to by an individual or individuals is asked to report the matter, in the first instance, to a steward on duty.
The Club Safety Officer and stewards have been briefed in accordance with these guidelines and have overall responsibility for ensuring they are applied fairly and consistently throughout the Stadium.
I personally don’t believe the wording needs amending to any great extent, if at all; the challenge is in the implementation.
I would be delighted to hear from any supporter regarding their views on this issue, in order to assist the Club in ensuring we are best placed to deliver and maintain a family friendly environment for all.
Thanks in anticipation of your co-operation.