Tottenham have sent an email to supporters to warm them against chanting tragedy-related abuse during Saturday’s fixture with Liverpool.
A Spurs fan was banned from attending matches for three years in June for mocking the Hillsborough tragedy during the most recent clash between the teams at Anfield in April.
Liverpool visit north London this weekend and Tottenham fans with a ticket to Saturday’s Premier League fixture were on Friday sent an email to remind them of the punishment now being handed out for tragedy-related abuse.
“Ahead of Saturday’s match, we should like to remind supporters that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) now considers tragedy-related abuse a prosecutable public order offence which may result in the issuing of football banning orders,” an email from Tottenham Hotspur, which has been seen by the PA news agency, read.
“The CPS defines tragedy-related abuse as ‘when fans sing, chant or gesture offensive messages about disasters or accidents involving players or fans – including references to the Hillsborough Disaster, Munich Air Crash, Bradford Fire, Leeds fans killed in Istanbul or the death of Emiliano Sala in a plane crash.’
“A Spurs ‘fan’ received a football banning order and fine for making gestures mocking the Hillsborough tragedy during our visit to Anfield in April.
“Prior to the same match, the club laid a wreath in memory of the Spurs fan Andrew Sefton who was among the 97 people who lost their lives as a result of the tragic events in Sheffield in 1989. The club is also a supporter of the Hillsborough Law Now campaign.
“We are proud of our superb and loyal support at home and away, who we trust will be respectful and positive ambassadors for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club wherever we play.”
Published: by Radio NewsHub