Salford City have issued a statement following reports of crowd disorder at their game against Newport County at the weekend.
The club said it was ‘disappointed with the behaviour of some individuals in the away section of the ground,’ and apologised to the Exiles and their stewards before adding they are ‘cooperating fully with Newport and the Police to bring those responsible to account.’
Twitter is awash with allegations that a woman steward had her nose broken during the disturbances at Rodney Parade which took place during the Ammies 2-1 win.
The latest controversy comes after Northampton Town recently issued a statement appealing for witnesses after accusations emerged of racist and offensive chanting directed at the traveller community in the away end during Salford’s visit to Sixfields in October.
The Ammies are unpopular amongst many fans of other clubs who continually question the media portrayal of their romantic rise through the leagues. They suggest their rapid progress has more to do with the financial backing by Singapore based billionaire Peter Lim and the famous former Manchester United players who make up the ‘Class of 92’ than any football fairy tale.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of the club’s ownership, it seems there is a small minority of supporters following the club who are dragging Salford’s name into the mire.
Plenty of Salford supporters and fans of other clubs soon took to social media to respond to the announcement, and it appears clear the actions of some of the Ammies supporters are doing nothing to improve the club’s popularity.
It is also clear that many Ammies fans are embarrassed by an element of their club’s support.
Here is a small selection of responses to the statement on Twitter.
Those responsible should be dealt with and banned from attending Moor Lane. They are a disgrace to the club and are not supporters of our team
— Jan (@JanMorr91082813) November 4, 2019
Shame that the fans can ruin the representation of a club, disappointing
— Callum TSG (@callum_ncafc) November 4, 2019
Such a shame. Please punish appropriately when you find the culprit(s). We do not want our club being known for trouble by a minority.
— Biff_0461 (@Biff_0461) November 4, 2019
Agreed. Some of the worst unprovoked behaviour of recent times. NCAFC stewards were far too tolerant, and our Club also needs to review our approach to managing abusive and aggressive away 'fans' at the home-away intersection @NewportCounty
— Colin Everett (@ColinEverett2) November 5, 2019
— Jon Vaughan 🏴 (@JonVaughan28) November 4, 2019
— Sam C (@SChurchett) November 5, 2019
The ironic thing was us County fans were acknowledging how vocal the small following of Salford fans were. The moronic behaviour of a large number of them though is something rarely seen at games these days. Vile.
— Steve Goodall (@stevergoodall) November 5, 2019
joke of a club
— Jack Austwicke (@AustwickeJack) November 4, 2019
Absolute disgrace from start to finish most of the fans acting like animals in spoons before and during the game the one that got on the pitch then tried to fight the stewards. Never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve watched football. We know you will do nothing
— david rowles (@daveyboy0579) November 4, 2019
they were awful mate
— CTID (@Chrisherbert196) November 4, 2019
Disgusting behaviour you should be ashamed go back to non league
— Stephen Pitman (@StephenPitman6) November 4, 2019
Could you please all go back to the armchairs And MUFC. Live football ain’t for everyone.
— ForzaAccy (@AccyForza) November 4, 2019