AFC Telford United have been punished by the FA for discriminatory chants sang by their fans during a match against Kings Lynn Town.
The West Midlands outfit has been handed a fine of £6,000 by the Football Association after chants towards an opposition team’s female member of staff during a game at New Bucks Head.
Friday’s announcement by the club condemned the song that were heard from the East Terrace section of the ground during King’s Lynn’s 4-0 win back in August.
CLUB STATEMENT: AFC Telford United can confirm we have been fined £6,000 by the Football Association after discriminatory chants by fans towards a female member of Kings Lynn Town’s staff during our National League North fixture in August 2022.https://t.co/hxq83lYRAa pic.twitter.com/wotVh0dGlv
— AFC Telford United (@telfordutd) February 3, 2023
AFC Telford United can confirm we have been fined £6,000 by the Football Association after discriminatory chants by fans towards a female member of Kings Lynn Town’s staff during our National League North fixture in August 2022.
The incident occurred during the game and involved a small section of spectators on the East Terrace who were using discriminatory chants of an abusive and insulting nature that included reference, whether expressed or implied, to gender.
AFC Telford United Football Club will not tolerate any behaviour of this kind. We pride ourselves on providing an inclusive, family friendly environment at the New Bucks Head and the huge number of activities our Foundation already do in the community in respect of equality, diversity and supporting areas of the community in need. Anyone found to behaving in such a manner may be committing a criminal oﬀence, will be reported to the Police, will be ejected and permanently banned from attending any games or events at the ground.
An independent Regulatory Commission has prepared an action plan which must be implemented and regularly reviewed by AFC Telford United in liaison with the FA and which will remain in place for the foreseeable future. We would encourage all supporters to report immediately any antisocial behaviour they may witness to the nearest steward or immediately text any such information to this mobile number 07572 236 037 a facility that has been in place for a number of years.
The action plan includes conducting a full review of stewarding provisions and deployments, developing our proactive supporter initiatives to address the potential for discriminatory supporter behaviour and to further develop our already strong diversity and education programme.
This is what fans had to say as Telford are punished by the FA for discriminatory chants during the match against Kings Lynn…
Andrew Booth: Statement is rubbish though, this behaviour and foul and abusive and derogatory language goes on on the East Terrace during every match, whilst the Stewards just stand and watch. Is the same on The Hutch as well, opposition goalkeepers called s*x offenders and bottles and vapes thrown, you say you want to promote a family friendly atmosphere, well it isn’t at the moment I’m afraid. Even my son, who is so passionate about AFC Telford United (Official) says that he doesn’t enjoy the atmosphere and that its horrible. Sort it out!
Wayne Martin Beauchamp: I totally agree what said mate with Stewart just stand there and watch it goes on don’t do nothing on Tuesday game too
@shobo1: Actually shocked that in 2022 so called football supporters aren’t used to seeing a female official!! Maybe all the names of the fans were taken so they can contribute to the fine…
@CarolynMH66: I’ve just heard this on the radio. Any chance that this will make some of our “supporters” think twice about their behaviour 😡😡
@up_utp: AFC Telford, classy as ever
This comes days after Accrington Stanley were handed a punishment for discriminatory chants and behaviour during the match against Bolton Wanderers.
Stanley have been fined £5,000 for misconduct due to crowd behaviour on the 22nd of October, where they lost 3-2 to the Trotters.
The club was charged with failing to ensure fans did not use insulting language with reference to sexual orientation during the match.
Owner Andy Holt previously stated via Twitter that his side would offer no defence. His account no longer exists for reasons unknown.
In addition to the fine, the League One outfit was told it must agree an action plan with the FA. See more on tis story by clicking HERE.
— Scott Bowers (@_ScottJBowers) October 23, 2022