Non League Daily

Marine ask supporters to maintain standards ahead of FA Trophy tie

In advance of Saturday's FA Trophy tie at Atherton Collieries we wish to remind all supporters of the need to support our team in the correct manner.

Marine supporters have a reputation for being some of the most loyal and fair minded fans of any non league team in the country and that reputation is one that needs to be upheld as it has been for many years.

We ask supporters to support the Mariners in a positive manner by backing their own team to succeed and refrain from engaging in anti-opposition singing / chanting.

Banter with fans of the opponents' team should be lighthearted and respectful to that team and location, and not include foul or abusive language, whether in songs, chanting or individual pearls of wisdom.

Match officials should also be treated with respect, not every decision will be correct and there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with them, but again foul and abusive language is not necessary.

Supporters should be aware that any form of pyrotechnic (flares, smoke bombs, fireworks etc) are banned at football matches and use of these at a match (whether in the ground or not) is a criminal offence and can lead to ejection, arrest, criminal record and a banning order. There have been a number of incidents involving flares at games, including the recent Stourbridge v Halesowen game when a female spectator was injured after a flare was thrown by a fan and this led to a criminal investigation by Stourbridge police.

Please also remember to keep off the pitch at all times, fans going on the field of play (and any use of pyrotechnics) will be included in match officials' reports and could lead to the club being fined, losing points or being expelled from a cup competition.

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