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Unacceptable Behaviour

20th January 2011

Unacceptable Behaviour The passion for football can produce the most amazing results - not just on the pitch but off it too. We're well aware of that at Kingfield and the many projects organised by our `Football in the Community Team' is a clear demonstration of that.

The trouble is that this passion can be a force for good and bad.  The thing I’ve noticed since coming back to help run the club is that almost any sort of behaviour is dismissed by people saying "Well, its football isn't it?!  It's the passion".

We have terrific fans and staff at the Club but sometimes people need to know when they've overstepped the mark.  Usually the issue is foul-mouthed and abusive behaviour.  That's unpleasant enough but when it's directed at individuals and their families it's totally unacceptable, for example; “Wishing the manager dead...” because we don't win a football match is sick.  We see this as totally unacceptable behaviour whether it is at home or away matches and whether it is from the terrace; on a web site; a twitter or whatever media format.

These individuals (I refuse to call them 'fans'), are not welcome at the Club and the sanction we have -and will use- is to ban them from the ground.

This gross behaviour is not only deeply upsetting to members of the Club but also it is highly damaging to our reputation.

We’ve been in existence since 1889 and overall, we have an excellent reputation – home and away. We are not going to let a handful of people ruin it.

Chris Ingram
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