Unacceptable Conduct

default_headerUnacceptable Conduct

Livingston Football Club wants to promote a good atmosphere at all home and away matches and have an Unacceptable Conduct policy in place. Livingston FC will not tolerate Unacceptable Conduct in any form and any individuals who are found to have engaged in Unacceptable Conduct may have an action taken against them.

This may include the removal of season tickets and bans from stadia for a specified period / or other appropriate actions. Unacceptable Conduct may also lead to criminal charges.

Unacceptable Conduct

Under SPFL rules in respect of ground Safety, Behaviour at Matches and Damage to Stadia, each club must ensure that it’s players, officials, supporters and any other person exercising a function, or connect with, the club do not engage in unacceptable conduct at a stadium on the occasion of an official match. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes home and away matches played by the club.

For this purpose, unacceptable conduct covers conduct which is violent and / or disorderly.

Violent conduct includes:-

  • any actual, attempted or threatened physical violence against a person or persons.
  • Intentional damage to property.

Disorderly Conduct includes :-

  • Conduct which incites / sustains, or is likely or designed to incite / sustain hatred or ill will against or towards individuals or groups of people because of  colour, race, nationality,(Including citizenship) or ethnic or national origin
  • Membership, or presumed membership, of a religious group or of a social cultural group with perceived religious affiliation
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender identity
  • Disability
  • Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
  • Displaying writing or any other thing which is threatening, abusive or insulting

Non Compliance

Livingston FC will take all reasonable practicable steps to deter and prevent individuals from engaging in Unacceptable Conduct.

Livingston Football Club accepts its responsibility under these rules and will not tolerate any form of unacceptable conduct detailed above.

Any official, employee or any other person connected with the Club who engages in such activity will be subject to the Club’s internal disciplinary procedures. Any supporter who engages in such activity will be liable for sanctions imposed by the Club which may include withdrawal of season tickets, exclusion or, in the event of persistent offending, an application being made towards obtaining a football banning order.

Where, for reasons determined by the Safety Officer, it is not possible or practicable to directly intervene in an incident all reasonable steps will be taken to detect individuals engaged in unacceptable conduct.

This may include:

  • Written or verbal information from stewards or members of the public
  • Any information available from post match de-briefs
  • Any other source of information available.

Where the incident of Unacceptable Conduct is not subject of a Police enquiry, the Club secretary may, where required, carry out any further enquiry necessary to bring the matter to a conclusion. This may involve preparing reports and making recommendations to the Board of Directors / Operational Committee of the club on any disciplinary action required to be taken against individuals and / or making recommendations within the Club to reduce and eradicate Unacceptable Conduct.

Conclusion

The subject of Unacceptable Conduct is closely monitored and the Club seeks the co-operation and support of all supporters in its efforts to reduce and eradicate such behaviour.

Livingston FC will not tolerate racist, sectarian, sexual or bigoted harassment or any other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and will work to ensure such actions are met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.

The Club are committed to challenging and dismantling all forms of discrimination by developing club practice that is sensitive to all and suitable for all, reflecting fundamental quality and worth of everyone.

Alan Scott, Safety Officer
August 2018 (Season 2018/19)