Stockport County FC have struck back at fans and will increase security after board members received death threats and a hail of abuse this week.
Lord Peter Snape, chairman of County, found it necessary to highlight the clubs stance on supporter’s behaviour following negative comments at games and on a supporter’s forum – including threats to storm the Director’s Box at the next game.
In a statement on the clubs official website, Lord Snape said that while members of the club understand the frustrations shown by fans, abuse is not the answer.
“We are not prepared to accept the abuse, foul language and threatening behaviour aimed at the Directors’ Box following the last home game,” he said.
“When collectively we find it unsafe to bring our partners, children or grandchildren to home games because of this behaviour we are entitled surely to ask is it all worth it?
“When some internet sites carry death threats against particular individuals, it certainly isn’t.”
As chairman, Lord Snape had felt it necessary to emphasise that the very future of the Hatters could hang in the balance if the current directors were forced to step down.
“Let me make it quite clear,” he said. “There is no consortium ‘waiting in the wings’ to take over from the existing board.
“Indeed, if the current board of directors walks away, there is no longer a football club called Stockport County.
“Those who dream of a ‘Phoenix Club’ will have to step up to the plate and put their plans into action.
“We will wish them all the best of luck and hope that their actions match their ambitions and bank balance.”
Lord Snape issued a warning to fans after hearing of plans to cause disruption at Saturday’s home game against Newport County.
“To prevent this criminal behaviour the Club must pay for extra security precautions to ensure that those responsible face the consequences.
“The club will not hesitate to prosecute or ban anybody threatening or indulging in physical violence.”
The Hatters travel to Luton Town on Tuesday having won just once in eight previous Blue Square Bet Premier outings.
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