Vanarama National League North club Kidderminster Harriers have condemned the actions of a “very small number” of their supporters at their game against Worcester City.
A statement on the Harriers website said “Kidderminster Harriers wish to condemn in the strongest terms the senseless antics of a very small number of fans at the Boxing Day match against Worcester City.
In the first instance we want to make clear that we’re aware that the vast majority of the 1,000 fans supporting the team behaved impeccably and were a credit to the club – for that we thank you.
However, both before the game and shortly after kick off, we had to watch as ‘smoke bombs’ were thrown on to the pitch from the away terrace. We witnessed similar actions by ‘supporters’ at our first league game of this season. After this, two supporters were handed season-long bans by the club and others signed Acceptable Behaviour Agreements.
Firstly and most importantly – use of smoke bombs is extremely dangerous from a health point of view and is also a criminal offence. But in addition, it also runs the risk of serious action being taken against the club. This may take the form of a substantial fine or even a points deduction. At a time when we are making such great strides of progress, this is just madness.
We’re working hard on the pitch and behind the scenes to become a successful football team and a community-centred club off it. This work, and projects like Give It 100% are severely undermined by these types of scenes. We could soon be in a position where we, collectively with our supporters, raise £10,000 to put towards the playing budget – only to have to give the same amount to one of the game’s bodies in fines.
If anyone has any information regarding the circumstances of Boxing Day’s scenes or the identity of those involved, they should be assured that they can contact us anonymously with information. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01562 823 931. We will not hesitate to take action against those found to be involved.
We would also like to add that for the return fixture at Aggborough on New Year’s Day we will conduct random searches on the turnstiles and our extensive CCTV system will be monitoring potential trouble spots. Anyone found to be involved in antisocial behaviour will be receive a ban.
Our last word must again go to 99% of our fans who continue to support us both on and off the field without feeling the need to damage our reputation. That support is invaluable and is very much appreciated”