7:06pm, Thu 20th Jan 2011
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. Â The thing Iâ€™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?! Â 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. Â Usually the issue is foul-mouthed and abusive behaviour. Â That's unpleasant enough but when it's directed at individuals and their families it's totally unacceptable, for example; â€œWishing the manager dead...â€� because we don't win a football match is sick. Â 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.
Weâ€™ve been in existence since 1889 and overall, we have an excellent reputation â€“ home and away. We are not going to let a handful of people ruin it.