Nottingham Forest and Nottinghamshire Police have issued the following statement ahead of Saturday’s home match against Brighton and Hove Albion (kick-off 12.15pm).The club, along with the police, would like to place on record that homophobic chanting will not be tolerated.
Supt Mark Holland, the match commander, said: “We have been made aware that over the years Brighton and Hove Albion FC have had to put up with a small minority of people who have started or joined in with homophobic 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 without causing any unnecessary distress.
“Both clubs fully back this approach and Forest also host an antisocial behaviour text service that allows people to report any such behaviour.
“We want supporters to enjoy the match without being offensive to others with chants which are likely to cause offence.”
Nottingham Forest media and communications manager Ben White fully endorsed the message, saying: “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 offensive, aimed towards our own or the visiting supporters.
“We would like to work with supporters to provide the most enjoyable matchday experience possible and fully encourage them to use our ‘text reporting facility’ in order to report any behaviour they feel is offensive.”
Details of the Nottingham Forest text reporting facility can be found on each match ticket.