Grimsby Town promises crackdown on 'discriminatory or prejudiced behaviour' from fans

Grimsby Town chiefs have promised zero tolerance when it comes to discriminatory or prejudiced behaviour – following the second report of such an incident in as many home games.

During Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Notts County at Blundell Park, there was an alleged incident in the Lower Young’s stand. Shortly after, a message was played over the loud-speaker system around the ground warning fans that discriminatory behaviour is not acceptable.

While not confirmed by the club, it is thought the incident relates to a fan using a homophobic term towards an opposition player.

The club’s new owners are keen to mould Grimsby Town into a community-focused, inclusive, family-friendly club – so stamping out such behaviour in the ground is clearly a priority.

A statement from the club said: “Grimsby Town Football Club are committed to ensuring that our matchday environment provides a positive experience for all.

“Discrimination of any form is not ok, not today or any day and supporters are reminded that instances of discriminatory or prejudiced behaviour will not be tolerated at any fixture at Blundell Park."

Club statement

“On Saturday, an incident of targeted abuse was reported by the match officials and matchday safety stewards in relation to an individual that has been identified and is currently under investigation by the club. This is in addition to a report of discriminatory behaviour received following our previous home game vs. Yeovil Town.

“If you hear or witness anything that you deem inappropriate in this regard, you can report this to your nearest steward on match day, via the official ‘Kick It Out’ App, or by e-mailing details to safety@gtfc.co.uk. We would like to thank you for your cooperation and your continued support.”

Original article published 02.11.21 on the Grimsby Telegraph website.

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