Barnsley have said they have been left ‘disappointed’ by the abusive chanting that was heard during the midweek game with Bristol Rovers.
Barnsley have condemned derogatory remarks aimed at a female member of Bristol Rovers’ staff during the League One clash at Oakwell on Tuesday evening.
Rovers raised concerns over the chants with Barnsley, who have contacted the EFL and started an internal investigation.
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Barnsley Football Club is disappointed to learn that during Tuesday evening’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Bristol Rovers, a section of supporters participated in a chant of a discriminatory and derogatory nature.
This is totally unacceptable and Barnsley FC condemn any behaviour of this manner. The Club prides itself on providing an inclusive, family friendly environment.
The Barnsley FC family has a large following of female supporters, staff, players and board members and we reiterate that football is a game for everyone.
Barnsley FC has made contact with Bristol Rovers, Her Game Too and the EFL regarding this matter and will immediately commence an internal investigation.
As a Club, we do not want anyone visiting Oakwell to have a negative experience due to the actions of fellow supporters. If ever you see or hear discrimination at or during a Barnsley FC fixture, text us in confidence – 60777, start your message with “ALERT”.
BRISTOL ROVERS STATEMENT:
Club statement on crowd behaviour at Oakwell.
The club is aware of an abusive and derogatory chant made by a section of the home crowd towards a female member of our staff at Tuesday’s Sky Bet League One game at Barnsley Football Club.
Bristol Rovers does not condone this behaviour and is against derogatory language used towards any member of our staff, or anyone for that matter.
Football is a game for everyone and it is our responsibility to help tackle sexism and champion the inclusion of women in sport.
We have made contact with Barnsley Football Club to raise our concerns about these chants from a section of their crowd. We feel this is an issue that needs investigating further to prevent it happening again.
Bristol Rovers will cooperate and assist with Barnsley Football Club and the relevant authorities to support them with any investigation into this incident and we support the recent launch of the EFL Together campaign to champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
Twitter users had their say as Barnsley say they are left ‘disappointed’ by abusive chanting heard during the game with Bristol Rovers…
@TykeGage: Even more weird when you consider our own head physio is a female
@MrMikeyMooshoo: What’s weird is we have fans defending this as a joke… Jokes are funny, this is just pathetic & desperately thirsty. Want to see some lads? Part with your cash and entertain an escort or something. Physio is there for a job. Or actually be respectful to your Mrs, never know 🤷
@0xBrennan: 👀 some fans seem to ruin it for everyone else…
@Cad_Oliver: To everyone who is saying that it’s not bad please give your heads a wobble. No place for this at Oakwell or anywhere else.
@5Star_Pattaya: Having a laugh? This has been chanted occasionally since the 70s…always got a cheer from the fans and always will. Unfollow if you want 🤷🏻♂️
@DrZazlos: I agree Rob but I’m afraid we live in a PC obsessed society in 2022 👎 They haven’t a prayer of stopping such chanting and probably never will tbh. I can understand it causing offence and the best thing for people who it upsets is to stay at home or wear ear muffs #WontBStopped
@1MichaelWillett: Clubs working together to boot this out of the game is a good thing. Football and society in general has a long way to go still.
@iamhighlystrung: Glad to see that the club are against derogatory comments of any nature aimed at their staff. If they could ask their first team manager to stop engaging in them that’d be great.
@alanrdens: Taking the moral high ground when your manager due to appear in court for assaulting his wife , isn’t a good look.
@ConnorOwen2: They’ll address this but won’t do anything about their gaffer beating up his mrs every other day
@SDicko83: After what’s happened these last couple of weeks this is actually unbelievable 🙈
@Ford4Caz: Some such stupid comments in response to this. The chant is absolutely awful and not something anyone should have to put up with doing their job – end of. We’ll done Rovers for taking action 💙
@mcooling: This is not banter. It’s embarrassing and totally unacceptable. Fans should remember they were outraged just two weeks ago, over hex tweets. Do better.
So does slavery, doesn’t make it ok
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