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CLUB STATEMENT: CITY LODGE FORMAL COMPLAINT

25 February 2020

Bradford City Football Club has today lodged a formal complaint to The Football Association over offensive chanting and abusive language heard during Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game against Newport County.

Supporters situated in the main stand at Newport’s Rodney Parade chanted words mocking the 1985 Valley Parade Fire Disaster.

The disaster saw 56 supporters lose their lives and hundreds injured, including the father of City manager Stuart McCall.

McCall was later approached by a supporter, carrying a Leeds United flag, who is understood to have verbally abused the Bantams boss.

City’s director of communications, Ryan Sparks, said: “We are absolutely disgusted by what our manager and club were subjected to on Saturday afternoon.

“Such repulsive chanting should not be tolerated by anyone and we have made our position clear to The FA.

“The Valley Parade Fire Disaster was without a doubt the darkest day in our club’s proud, 117-year history.

“We were astounded to witness the tragedy - which continues to cause anguish to hundreds of people - being mocked, with stewards in close proximity appearing to leave the incident unchallenged.

“We would like to take this opportunity, however, to thank Newport County for their response over the past 24 hours.

“Newport officials have informed us that Gwent Police are now conducting an investigation into the incident which, as a club, we welcome.”

The Bantams and Newport County are working closely to identify those involved and ensure appropriate action is taken against them.


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