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MTFC Anti-Racism Policy

This policy is designed to provide clarity to employees, stakeholders, supporters, and everyone connected with Macclesfield Town Football Club on the club’s attitude to issues of racial harassment and abuse.

It is further designed to promote good relations between persons of different ethnic or national groups and to preserve the good name of the club.

The club condemns racism in any form, either on or off the pitch. The club aims to create and maintain a working and spectating environment free from racial harassment and abuse. Everyone connected with the club has a responsibility to prevent racial harassment or abuse.

A racist incident is defined by the club as any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim, or any other person. Racial harassment is defined by the club; to be any verbal, physical, written or visible abuse that is based on a person’s race, ethnic background, colour, nationality, language or cultural background – and is considered to be unwanted, unacceptable and/or offensive to the person. This includes racial chanting, abuse of players and officials, opposing teams and abuse aimed at Notts County Football club players.

Proven racial harassment or abuse will lead to action being taken against employees. Similarly, such behaviour by a spectator will be reported to the police and may result in a life ban from the club. The club will give their full support to the police in any criminal actions.

All employees have a responsibility to make it clear that such behaviour by anyone connected with the club is unacceptable.

Line managers are required to investigate and produce a written report of all cases of reported racial harassment. This report must be provided to the Chief Executive for consideration by the Chairman.

Should the club decide to deal with the issue on a formal basis, the employee making the allegations should provide a written statement. The person(s) complained about should be offered the opportunity of providing a verbal or written statement. They should also be advised to seek legal advice at their own expense.

Any employee found guilty of racially harassing another employee, or any other person, is liable to disciplinary action. The normal disciplinary process will apply. Depending on the circumstances, consideration will be given to reporting the matter to the police and The Football Association.

Supporters will also be informed on a regular basis that racist taunts and abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated by the club and will be encouraged to condemn and report such behaviour.

Any supporters (home or visiting) behaving in this way will be detained by stewards, passed to the Police, and may be arrested. Season ticket holders detained for such a reason, face having their season ticket revoked and all spectators detained in this way face a life ban from the stadium.

The club enjoys a good working relationship with organisations such as Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card. We will continue to work in conjunction with them and endorse and demonstrate our commitment to their cause.

To help supporters complain if they have been the victim of abuse or have witnessed an incident of discrimination or harassment, or anything of concern Macclesfield Town

FC has a designated reporting text number 07963 481224 or email: report@mtfc.co.uk

Should you feel the necessity to report the incident to Kick It Out rather than the Club, supporters should ring freephone number (0800 164 9414)

Anti-Racism Policy

A copy of this document may be obtained from the office of Macclesfield Town Football Club or by email: reception@mtfc.co.uk