The club is becoming increasingly concerned with the behaviour of a minority of supporters.
Prior to the first home match of the season, the club issued a statement to supporters urging them to behave in the correct manner, in order to respect their fellow fans, enjoy their day and understand the fact that they are representing Barnsley Football Club at all times.
Unfortunately, it is becoming clear that some are intent on causing issues. This is not acceptable and can’t continue.
The club is liaising with Kick It Out regarding the ongoing chant, which contains stereotypical language that can be viewed as derogatory and offensive. Once again, we would like this chant to stop.
The club is further liaising with South Yorkshire Police after multiple incidents of flares, most recently affecting the use of kiosks on the concourse at Sheffield Wednesday. Not only is this a criminal offence, but it has also had a negative impact on all supporters and stadium staff as the kiosks were closed because of the effects of smoke inhalation. This is simply not acceptable, and the club will be reviewing all available CCTV to find the perpetrators who will face bans from attending matches.
As a club, we must stress that the relationship between BFC and supporters is our upmost priority. The constant support shown by so many has always been described as magnificent, both home and away. Daniel Stendel’s side started the season in positive fashion and we have seen an overall togetherness at the club. We want this to continue, it really is what makes this club special. However, there are now issues that need addressing as a matter of urgency.
We are urging all fans to enjoy the football and focus on supporting our team passionately, without bringing a negative spotlight on the club.