Shrimps will take strong action if ‘fans’ found to have caused trouble

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Morecambe FC have vowed to take strong action against any unruly supporters.

The move follows internet reports of trouble during the Shrimps’ defeat to Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley last Friday night.

A flare was thrown onto the pitch and landed near Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche and racist chants are also believed to have been heard coming from a section of the visiting support.

Director Rod Taylor said: “We have received the CCTV footage from Accrington today (Friday) and will be looking at it over the next couple of days.

“We will take the strongest possible action if any of our supporters, and I don’t like to call them that, have acted out of order, whether that be in terms of racist chanting of causing damage.

“The club will not tolerate it.”

Mr Taylor also urged other fans not to intervene if they see trouble and instead report it to the club.

He said: “I don’t want people to take vigilante action.

“It can backfire and then the wrong people are getting into trouble.

“People should contact the ground safety officer or the club to report it.”

A statement from the Fans’ Club of Morecambe said: “The officers and committee of F-CoM wish to state in terms of the strongest nature that the behaviour of some fans purporting to support Morecambe FC at the away game on Friday, April 12, 2013 against Accrington Stanley, was appalling.

“Apart from the physical injuries incurred, the language and behaviour in and around the ground, the throwing of flares onto the playing surface, the abusive interaction with the stewards is abhorrent and can not be condoned by any right-minded fan.

“Any member of F-CoM found to have been involved in any such behaviour will be subject to dismissal from the Fans’ Club and any information gathered will be passed to the relevant authorities for any further action deemed appropriate.

“Many people, many hard-working, loyal supporters have rightly earned an exceptional reputation for the nature and manner in which they conduct themselves and such rowdiness is beyond the pale and cannot be tolerated.”