UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT POLICY
INCORPORATING ANTI-RACISM & SECTARIANISM
This policy is designed to provide clarity to its employees, stakeholders and everyone connected with Ayr United Football Club on the Club’s position regarding unacceptable conduct. It is further designed to promote good relations between all relevant parties to preserve the good name of Ayr United FC
Ayr United FC as the home club in any official match must ensure, so far as reasonably practical;
- Good order and security
- Policies and Procedures are adopted, revised and implemented to prevent incidents of Unacceptable Conduct
- That any incidents of Unacceptable Conduct are effectively dealt with at the Stadium on the occasion of an event or official match.
As a family and Community Club, Ayr United Football Club will not tolerate unacceptable conduct from the Club’s employees, Directors, Players or Supporters and any other person exercising a function for or connected with the Club, at Somerset Park or at any other away football stadium.
Ayr United Football Club aims to create and maintain an environment where spectators can enjoy the game of football, safe in the knowledge that they are free from all forms of harassment, abuse, unacceptable or disorderly conduct.
This policy applies for any football matches or events within Somerset Park, or at any away fixtures. All persons entering the ground are expected to abide by the terms of this policy and by the SFA Ground Regulations and this Policy. Copies of both are posted around the ground.
Unacceptable conduct is conduct which is violent or disorderly and includes the use of flares, fireworks, smoke bombs or the like and/or any other object which may cause or be part of any incident. Conduct is violent where there is:
- Actual, attempted or threatened physical violence against a person or persons
- Intentional damage to property.
Disorderly conduct involves any activity which stirs up or sustains, or is likely, or is designed to stir up or sustain hatred or ill will against or towards individuals or groups of people because of:
- Colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin
- Membership or presumed membership, of a religious group or of a social or cultural group with perceived religious affiliation
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
- Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct both verbal and non-verbal
- Displaying writing or any other item which is threatening, abusive or insulting.
Ayr United Football Club condemns racism in any form, either on or off the pitch. Ayr United Football Club aims to create and maintain a working and spectating environment free from racial harassment and abuse. Everyone connected with Ayr United Football Club has a responsibility to prevent racial harassment or abuse.
A racist incident is defined by Ayr United Football Club as any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim, or any other person. Racial harassment is defined by Ayr United Football Club to be any verbal, physical, written or visible abuse that is based on a person’s race, ethnic background, colour, nationality, language or cultural background – and is considered to be unwanted, unacceptable and offensive to the person.
All employees, Directors, Players and servants of the Club have a responsibility to make it clear that such behaviour by anyone connected with Ayr United Football Club is unacceptable.
Supporters should also note that racist taunts and abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated by Ayr United Football Club and all staff and Supporters will be encouraged to condemn and report such behaviour.
Proven racial harassment or abuse will lead to eviction from the stadium and will be reported to the Police and may result in a life ban from Ayr United Football Club. Ayr United Football Club will give their full support to the Police in any criminal actions.
Season ticket holders who conduct themselves in this manner face having their season ticket revoked and all spectators face the prospect of a life ban from Somerset Park.
Ayr United fully supports and will promote the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign, details of which can be found at www.srtrc.org.
Scottish football fans have earned a world wide reputation for their enthusiastic and good-natured support of the national team. While most fans follow club football in a responsible way, there are occasions where individuals are intent on causing trouble, using football as an excuse for bigoted and unacceptable behaviour.
By working together to remove bigotry from out football grounds we can demonstrate that Scottish football fans and in particular Ayr United Football Club supporters:
- Respect people of all backgrounds and celebrate the multicultural society that Scotland has become in the 21st Century
- Want their football clubs, and the support for their clubs, to reflect the diversity of modern Scottish society and
- Are as passionate about their football clubs as they are about their national team.
Any person engaging in unacceptable conduct may be subject to any, or a combination of the following:
- Removal from Somerset Park or away stadium
- Suspension or indefinite ban from attending home matches involving Ayr United Football Club
- Suspension or ban from holding Ayr United Football Club membership
- Suspension or ban as a Player or Coach from Ayr United Football Club
- Report to the police and possible criminal proceedings.
Everyone associated with the Club has a responsibility to prevent and discourage any form of abuse and as such are responsible not only for their own actions but also those of others. We would therefore encourage everyone to bring to the Club’s attention, any incident or behaviour, of individuals or groups of individuals, deemed to be in breach of this policy.
Whilst it is appreciated that behaviour such as that listed above involves the minority of individuals in our society, Ayr United Football Club wishes to ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards both on and off the field of play and that the name Ayr United Football Club is associated with good and sporting behaviour at all times.
The full version of this policy can be viewed on the club website http://www.ayrunitedfc.co.uk/