Official wants to leave ‘appalling behaviour’ behind
IN A POST ON the Gladstone Raiders Facebook page last night, a league official has reminded all supporters of the sport of a mission statement:
"As we approach the upcoming finals I would like to ask everyone to please make an effort to control their emotions during this passionate time of the season.
Remember to respect the code of conduct expected from everyone. Many children attend our games right through to senior level and should never be exposed to violent and angry outbursts with offensive language.
The standard of bad behaviour from a small minority of supporters during some senior matches has been appalling.
There is no reasonable excuse for this sort of behaviour to occur.
Nor is threats and abuse directed at staff and officials acceptable. None of the offenders would accept that level of abuse in their workplace.
All staff, officials and volunteers are protected under the same laws as a normal workplace. I would like all clubs to take a more active role in controlling their supporters when their behaviour go against the code of conduct rules.