Read the Fan on the Board (FOTB)’s statement regarding the FA Cup match against Everton below:
“What a game last night. The crowd and the players joined as one, producing a good old-fashioned FA Cup upset, and giving neutrals a great game to watch. I reckon the BBC loved having it for live coverage.
I woke up this morning to an inbox full of our fans sending me a video circulating on social media, taken in East Upper, with a group singing a highly offensive racist chant. The club and fans work so hard to fight the tags the media like to give us yet a very small minority of fans still think that in 2019 this is acceptable at football and in life.
The damage this causes the club is massive in so many ways, not just financially in terms of potential fine money or lost sponsorship deals, and far beyond condemnation on social media.
We all need to address this together. When you hear racist or discriminatory language of any sort please tell these fans in no uncertain terms just how unwelcome it is.
This has to stop and it needs to stop now. The club and those working closely with it can only do so much and we now need your help to get it out of The Den.
Every time a negative story runs across the media it affects everyone associated with the club. Most importantly that includes all fans who don’t involve themselves in such behaviour and who come simply to get behind the team and enjoy themselves at The Den.
Everyone unfortunately gets tarnished with the same brush.
I would like to finish by saying a big ‘thank you’ to all the fans in The Den last night who supported the team, shouted at the top of their voice and enjoyed a great game of football.”
Micky Simpson (FOTB)