Gloucester Rugby have today issued the following statement with regard to allegations of crowd misbehaviour during and following the Bath Rugby game on Saturday.
The club has received several complaints regarding the behaviour of a very small minority of supporters at the home fixture against Bath Rugby on April 12th, in particular, the use of foul and abusive language towards the match officials.
The club's stance on these matters is quite clear. In the Stadium Rules and Regulations, which feature in every match programme, point 11b states:
"The following are strictly forbidden - use of foul and abusive language, obscene chanting or racial abuse towards any person…"
As a result, the relevant CCTV has been studied in detail in an attempt to try and identify the individuals concerned. The club is now liaising with the relevant authorities to determine an appropriate course of action.
As a club, Gloucester Rugby is completely committed to respecting the core values of rugby union as defined by the RFU - Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship.
Gloucester Rugby is rightly proud of the passionate and committed support that it receives week in and week out from its supporters, the vast majority of whom always respect and abide by the values of the game.
However, it also accepts that a very small minority crossed the line at the Bath game and behaved in an unacceptable manner. This simply cannot be condoned.
At the final home Aviva Premiership match of the season - against London Irish - 10,000 cards carrying messages which reinforce the RFU's "I am part of the rugby family" campaign will be handed out.
If supporters do witness similar incidents in the future, we would strongly encourage them to report it to the nearest available steward, who will deal with offender(s) as appropriate and record events in the Match Log.
Gloucester Rugby considers Kingsholm to be one of the finest club venues in the world with some of the finest and most passionate supporters, a ground which welcomes all rugby supporters. The club will take the strongest possible action against the very small number of individuals who bring the club's name into disrepute by their actions.
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