Racist Chanting at Motherwell

Published on Sunday 31st January, 2010 by Celtic Trust

Police Response December 2009

Following the away fixture v Motherwell on 12 December 2009 a number of members contacted the Trust concerned about the sustained racist abuse suffered by Aidan McGeady, on number of occasions, during the match. Those of you who were present will remember a considerable section of the Motherwell support chanting “you’re in the wrong f------ country” and other chants of a similar nature. On behalf of the Trust the secretary wrote to both the Police and Show Racism The Red Card (SHTRC) highlighting this behaviour and asking why no action had been taken against the perpetrators. To date no reply has been forthcoming from SRTRC. We have, however, received a reply from the senior Police Officer in charge of the match on that day In his letter this officer says that neither the Police supervisor, in the stand from which most of the abuse emanated, nor any of his officers witnessed this behaviour!! Motherwell FC say “that none of their staff observed or made reports” and there was nothing noted in the report of the Referee and match officials.( Selective hearing loss or what?) He does, however, go on to say that “Strathclyde Police do not tolerate any form of sectarian or racist behaviour” and “will act robustly to deal with any acts of criminal behaviour” and assures us that in future alerting police officers to such behaviour will form part of the pre-match briefing. He also suggests that anyone experiencing this type of behaviour "should bring it to the attention of the nearest police officer so that action can be taken". It is clear from the above that the Police and match authorities are not going to act unless folk actually complain, so can I suggest that is what we do. REPORT AND COMPLAIN! However anyone doing this should do so in a calm and dignified manner, have another supporter witness the complaint being made, and take the number of the officer to whom the complaint is made. It would also help if this and any reaction was reported to the Trust to provide a basis for any future correspondence if this is necessary.

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