Dagenham & Redbridge cracking down on bad behaviour
PUBLISHED: 14:07 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 14 August 2017
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Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson has released a statement to crack down on bad behaviour from their fans this season.
The club took the step following unrest at Eastleigh on the weekend, where Daggers drew 2-2 with their National League rivals.
The statement said: “It is with disappointment that I again have to write about the poor behaviour of some of our supporters, admittedly a very very tiny minority.
“This time away at Eastleigh FC but this follows a disturbance in the bar in the West Stand at our home fixture against Barrow and the setting off of a flare at Boreham Wood last week.
“The club has not only received a complaint from some Eastleigh supporters but has also received a number of messages from our own supporters asking that we take action against the culprits.
“In the past we have only resorted to banning orders as a last resort, generally trying to discuss issues with individuals, often in association with the Met Police and usually including a short ban from the ground.
“Those individuals are then asked to sign an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement before being allowed back into the ground.
“Following the incident on Saturday we have contacted Eastleigh FC and pledged our complete support for any action they might wish to take, and we have also requested copies of their CCTV footage of any criminal acts or Anti-Social Behaviour from which we can separately take any appropriate action.
“From what we have already learnt we believe that at least one individual who only signed an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement at the start of this season has since been in breach of what they had agreed.
“As a consequence the club will be invoking the penalty clause and will ban that individual from our ground for the rest of the season.
“Enquiries continue with regard to two further persons in similar positions.
“Where enough evidence is available we will be urging the police to seek Football Banning Orders from the courts, which not only ban individuals from all grounds throughout the country but leaves the individuals concerned with a criminal record.
“I am very disheartened at having to take this action but I feel that unless a strong stand is taken we risk alienating many of our loyal supporters and also of losing our status as a friendly, family club that many of us have worked so hard for over the years.”
Dagenham will now operate a zero tolerance approach to misdemeanours and are seeking the help of supporters.
The club is urging everyone to actively report abusive language, provocation, acts of violence or any forms of ASB to the Safety Team, preferably on the day or by e-mailing Safety Officer Tony Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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