Sheffield United have condemned the behaviour of a “small group” of supporters following last weekend’s game against Norwich City.
In a strongly worded statement, the Championship club revealed they are liaising with South Yorkshire Police to identify those involved in disorderly behaviour both during and after the match.
“We simply will not tolerate the unsportsmanlike and illegal conduct of a few to spoil things for the large majority who come along to simply watch and enjoy a football game on a Saturday afternoon,” it read. “At Bramall Lane family values are paramount.
“Violence in any form is unacceptable at Bramall Lane. The club invests significant sums and management time in assuring the safety of our fans and guests and we shall redouble our efforts to ensure that no supporters are injured and no attendees are obnoxious or abusive towards the directors and officials of our fans and guests, such as Norwich. “We’d like to assure our fans and supporters that the staff and management of Sheffield United, in co-operation with South Yorkshire Police, will make every effort to assure a safe environment for the derby at the weekend.”
“To a degree all in football expect good natured comments at a game - it is part of the culture of football,” it continued. “Enthusiasm, however, can never be an excuse for violence.
“We are working with the police in coordinating a root and branch approach to identify those supporters who are tarnishing the name of Sheffield United and putting football in a very poor light.
“At a time when we are aiming to have fewer security-related incidents, these individuals seem concerned only with their selfish desire to ruin the wonderful Bramall Lane experience for everyone else.
“We want this element removed from our support so, if that means other fans reporting incidents of unacceptable behaviour, then let us know. We will issue life bans and impose other tough measures to deal with these fans.”