Following on from the banning of a supporter who shouted racist abuse at our game against Burton Albion on New Year’s Day, Bolton Wanderers chairman Sharon Brittan has issued the following statement.
Sharon said: “Not only was I disappointed to hear about this supporter allegedly using racist and vile language at the match, I was also upset by it – and I am sure the vast majority of Bolton Wanderers supporters share my views too.
“I know that it can be difficult in those circumstances, so it is therefore encouraging that his behaviour was reported immediately by our supporters and that we took decisive action. That bravery in confronting the situation and not accepting it inspires us all. The matter is now in the hands of the police pending an investigation.
“We will not tolerate any forms of discriminatory behaviour or hateful language whatsoever for we are a family club that is proud of our town.
“Bolton is rich in diversity and has a long and distinguished history of welcoming people from all over the world. Our club reflects that and our doors are open to everybody who share our values.
“The work undertaken by our Community Trust within the communities of Bolton is long reaching and promotes cohesion and unity. What they are continuing to achieve is remarkable and is a credit to the town.
“Our message is simple: if you come to the University of Bolton Stadium then we want you and your family to enjoy the match in a friendly environment.
“Yes, we want supporters to chant and shout words of encouragement to create a passionate atmosphere, but if you choose to say anything, or act in a way, that is racist or discriminatory then please stay away. As part of our work through the Community Trust we want to help to transform society, to educate people to understand the pain and hurt caused by such behaviour and to understand the value of a diverse community.”
If supporters witness any behaviour that is racist or discriminatory, we would urge them to contact their nearest steward or a member of BWFC staff. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or report it via the Kick It Out app.