Fans back ban on swearing at Cheltenham Town games
SWEARING fans will be given the red card at Cheltenham Town Football Club as it cracks down on bad language.
Supporters have given their backing to plans to kick out anyone caught turning the air blue during matches.
Robins chairman Paul Baker is urging people to watch their language during games in an effort to maintain a family-friendly feel at the Whaddon Road ground.
It comes after the club received complaints about fans' obscenities at the game against Burton Albion last week, forcing them to kick out two away supporters who refused to keep their comments clean.
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Now Mr Baker is warning all fans who refuse to clean up their game that they could suffer the same fate.
Mr Baker said: "We've got a great tradition of being a family club and we don't want a small minority spoiling the match day experience for others.
"I have had a few complaints over people using bad language recently and we had to eject two people from the ground in the Burton Albion match last week.
"They happened to be Burton Albion fans, but it will be the same rule for home fans as it is for away fans.
"If we feel people are using excessive bad language, they will receive a warning and, if they continue doing it, we will eject them from the ground.
"If necessary, we are prepared to ban people for repeat offending but we don't want it to come to that.
"The message to fans is to please just be thoughtful. We all want what is best for the club.
"If people feel they don't want to bring their wives or children to watch us play than that would be a great shame and it's certainly not something we want.
"Getting as many people through the gate as possible is vital for boosting our playing budget.
"But we want a family-friendly atmosphere which reflects what we are all about as a club."
Many home supporters during Cheltenham's match against Northampton on Saturday thought the warning was a good thing and were glad Mr Baker had spoken out about it.
But despite the good intentions, many of the football lovers thought the colourful chants heard from the terraces of the Abbey Business Stadium were too engrained in the modern game to be stopped altogether. Others felt that Cheltenham was in fact far better than most grounds when it came to fans using foul words in the stands.