Bees issue statement over Arber abuse

Barnet FC Supporters Association has issued a statement condemning the abuse that was suffered by Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Mark Arber during last Tuesday night s 2-0 defeat at Underhill. The Daggers captain, who played over 150 times for the Bees betw

by MIKE SIMMONDS

BARNET FC Supporters Association has issued a statement condemning the abuse that was suffered by Dagenham & Redbridge skipper Mark Arber during last Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat at Underhill.

The Daggers captain, who played over 150 times for the Bees between 1998 and 2002, was constantly sworn at and jeered throughout the 90 minutes, causing manager John Still to complain about the insults after the match.

There were seven fans ejected or arrested from the Barnet end during the match, plus one from Dagenham & Redbridge, and the Bees have been quick to apologise for any offence caused.

"Following the abusive chants towards Mark Arber from some sections of Barnet fans during last Tuesday night's game against Dagenham & Redbridge, the BFCSA would, firstly, like to condemn the extend of the abuse," said the statement.

"While we share the view that football stadia should never be a sterile environment and that banter is part and parcel of the game, it is felt that the persistence and severity of the abuse resulted in the line of acceptability being crossed."

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