Nottinghamshire Police have issued the following statement ahead of Nottingham Forest’s match against Leicester City on Wednesday (19 February, kick-off 7.45pm).Superintendent Mark Holland, the police commander for the game, said: “When these two teams have met previously there has been a small minority of people who have started or joined in with racist chants.
“Alongside the clubs we are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this type of verbal abuse and we will be taking positive action to identify anyone who is involved. We want everyone to enjoy the game for what it is – two teams competing to improve their chances of gaining promotion.
“Nationwide, the Football Association is determined to kick out racism and it is simply not acceptable in any form. Both clubs fully back this zero-tolerance approach and Nottingham Forest also host an antisocial behaviour text service that allows people to report any such behaviour.
“This is a big game for both clubs and we want all supporters to enjoy the match without chants which are likely to cause offence.”
Nottingham Forest media and communications manager Ben White fully endorsed the message sent out by Nottinghamshire Police.
He said: “The club will not tolerate this kind of antisocial behaviour at The City Ground and will take the strongest possible action against anyone who is involved in such behaviour.
“We are active in our efforts to remove this type of abuse from our matches and we will not condone any form of chant that may be perceived as racist or offensive, aimed towards our own or the visiting supporters.
“We would like to work with supporters to provide the most enjoyable match day experience we can and fully encourage them to use our ‘text reporting facility’ in order to report any behaviour that they feel is offensive.”
Details of the text reporting facility can be found on each match ticket or in the matchday programme.