Nottingham Forest and Nottinghamshire Police have issued the following statement ahead of Saturday’s home match against Brighton and Hove Albion.The club, along with the police, would like to place on record that offensive abuse of any kind will not be tolerated.
Inspector Rob Taylor who will be the police commander for the game, said: “We are aware that over the years Brighton and Hove Albion FC has had to put up with a small minority of people who have started or joined in with homophobic chants or gestures. 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 a text service that allows people to report any such anti-social behaviour.
“We want supporters to enjoy the match without being offensive to others with actions which are likely to cause offence.”
Nottingham Forest endorsed the message, saying: “Our supporters know that the club will not tolerate this kind of anti-social behaviour at The City Ground and will take the strongest possible action against anyone who is involved.
“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 again 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 and are advertised on the big screens during the day.