Unacceptable Conduct Policy

Girvan Football Club

Unacceptable Conduct Policy

Introduction

Girvan Football Club is a member of the Scottish Junior Football Association and The Scottish Football Association.

Girvan Football Club will not tolerate unacceptable conduct from the Clubs employees, volunteers, committee members, players or supporters at Hamilton Park or at any other away football stadia.

Unacceptable Conduct Policy

Girvan Football Club aims to create and maintain an environment where spectators can enjoy the game of football, safe in the knowledge that they are free from all forms of harassment, abuse, unacceptable or disorderly conduct.

This policy applies for any football matches or events within Hamilton Park Girvan, or at any away ground fixtures.

Definition

Unacceptable conduct is conduct which is violent or disorderly. Conduct is violent where there is:

Actual, attempted or threatened physical violence against a person or persons
Intentional damage to property.
 
Disorderly conduct involves any activity which stirs up or sustains, or is likely, or is designed to stir up or sustain hatred or ill will against or towards individuals or groups of people because of:

Gender
Age
Colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin
Membership or presumed membership, of a religious group or of a social or cultural group with perceived religious affiliation
Sexual orientation
Transgender identity
Disability
Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct both verbal and non verbal
Displaying writing or any other item which is threatening, abusive or insulting.

Racism

Girvan Football Club condemns racism in any form, either on or off the pitch. Girvan Football Club aims to create and maintain a working and spectating environment free from racial harassment and abuse. Everyone connected with Girvan Football Club has a responsibility to prevent racial harassment or abuse.

A racist incident is defined by Girvan Football Club as any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim, or any other person. Racial harassment is defined by Girvan Football Club to be any verbal, physical, written or visible abuse that is based on a person’s race, ethnic background, colour, nationality, language or cultural background – and is considered to be unwanted, unacceptable and offensive to the person.

Proven racial harassment or abuse will lead to action being taken against spectators and will be reported to the police and may result in a life ban from Girvan Football Club. Girvan Football Club will give their full support to the police in any criminal actions.

All employees, volunteers, committee members, players and servants of the Club have a responsibility to make it clear that such behaviour by anyone connected with Girvan Football Club is unacceptable.

Supporters should also note that racist taunts and abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated by Girvan Football Club and will be encouraged to condemn and report such behaviour.

Any supporters (home or visiting) behaving in this way will face eviction from the ground and their actions will be reported to the police. Season ticket holders who conduct themselves in this manner face having their season ticket revoked and all spectators face the prospect of a life ban from Hamilton Park.

Girvan FC fully supports and will promote the Show Racism the Red Card Campaign, details of which can be found at www.srtrc.org.

Sectarianism – Kick Out Bigotry the Pledge

Scottish football fans have earned a world wide reputation for their enthusiastic and good-natured support of the national team. While most fans follow club football in a responsible way, there are occasions where individuals are intent on causing trouble, using football as an excuse for bigoted and unacceptable behaviour.

By working together to remove bigotry from out football grounds we can demonstrate that Scottish football fans and in particular Girvan Football club supporters:

Respect people of all backgrounds and celebrate the multicultural society that Scotland has become in the 21st Century
Want their football clubs, and the support for their clubs, to reflect the diversity of modern Scottish society and
Are as passionate about their football clubs as they are about their national team.

Girvan Football Club supports the pledge at www.kickoutbigotry.org/pledge, and the Club encourage all Girvan Football Supporters to also sign the Kick Out Bigotry Pledge.

Consequences

ANY PERSON ENGAGING IN UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT MAY BE SUBJECT TO ANY, OR A COMBINATION OF THE FOLLOWING:

Removal from Hamilton Park or away stadium
Suspension from attending home matches involving Girvan Football Club
Indefinite ban from attending home matches involving Girvan Football Club
Suspension or ban from holding Girvan Football Club membership
Suspension or ban from the Girvan Football Club Committee
Suspension or ban as a Player or Coach from the Girvan Football Club
Report to the police and possible criminal proceedings.

Responsibility

Everyone associated with the Club has a responsibility to prevent and discourage any form of abuse and as such are responsible not only for their own actions but also those of others. We would therefore encourage everyone to bring to the Club’s attention, any incident or behaviour, of individuals or groups of individuals, deemed to be in breach of this policy.

Whilst it is appreciated that behaviour such as that listed above involves the minority of individuals in our society, Girvan Football Club wishes to ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards both on and off the field of play and that the name Girvan Football Club’ is associated with good and sporting behaviour at all times.

Document Control
Mandatory Review Date (To be reviewed and published annually).
Reviewed on 1st June 2017
Review Date: _1st June 2018
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