Ebbsfleet to crackdown on soccer hooligans
PUBLISHED: 14:34 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 August 2010
FOOTBALL bosses have vowed to crack down on fans who use offensive language and smuggle alcohol into the ground. Ebbsfleet United chief executive David Davis said staff will take a zero tolerance approach to a minority group of fans who are using sexua
FOOTBALL bosses have vowed to crack down on fans who use offensive language and smuggle alcohol into the ground.
Ebbsfleet United chief executive David Davis said staff will take a 'zero tolerance' approach to a minority group of fans who are using sexually explicit language and smuggling alcohol into Stonebridge Road in lemonade bottles.
He said: "We are talking about a little group of 10 or 20 people who have pushed the boundaries over the last few months.
"We are already monitoring it very, very carefully and are willing to eject people as and when it is necessary."
Mr Davis says he made the decision when he saw several families leaving the ground after hearing particularly vulgar language coming from a small group of fans in the terraces during the friendly game against Charlton on Saturday, July 12.
He said: "We had families that had come to support us at Wembley and were probably coming for the first time. I saw several families leaving early and I saw children's ears being covered up. I was really disappointed."
The club is stressing that they will take a common sense approach to the problem and will not ask people to leave for occasionally using ribald language.
He added: "What we are talking about is a certain area in the ground who are going beyond what we would term normal behaviour.
"Let's use our common sense. It's not a blanket ban on swearing at all. If it was I'd probably get banned too.
"There has been a group of fans who have been pushing the boundaries. There have been various sexually explicit comments that you wouldn't class as the normal type of swearing you would hear at a match."
"We really want to place the emphasis on this being a family friendly club and we are also looking at the possibility of setting up a family area and are currently talking to our architects and development people about that.