Statement regarding Alleged Tragedy Chanting incident this weekend

Sun 18th February 2024 | Announcements

Statement from The North West Counties Football League

The NWCFL is aware of allegations of tragedy chanting during the Macron Cup Quarter Final tie between Droylsden and Ashville.

The League has previously issued warnings to all member clubs about their responsibilities in ensuring spectator behaviour at grounds, following similar incidents involving tragedy chanting this season. Punishment could include the potential closure of grounds to spectators. ‘Tragedy chanting’ is now a criminal offence and fans who are caught can be prosecuted and receive a lengthy ban from football. It is considered alongside homophobic, racist and other forms of abuse. 

In this instance, The League has asked both clubs for their observations, and we will work with the respective County FAs, as this is a potential discipline matter under the jurisdiction of the FA.  The League condemn any forms of tragedy chanting, which has no place in football. To use horrific tragedies such as Hillsborough and the Munich Air Crash as a form of ‘banter’ disrespects the victims and their loved ones, and damages the reputation of the clubs concerned.

We would urge anyone who observes tragedy chanting at any of our games to report it to stewards at a game, to the Club concerned, or to the League or County FA so action against any individuals can be taken.

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