Supporters influence the culture of a sports club. Some larger sport clubs simply can’t exist without you. You contribute the much needed funds for club operations. But there is a lot more to this than paying your dues. You know that harm is being done when others around you engage in abuse, shout racist slurs and are menacing. Lots of people will feel quietly uneasy; and the game itself is worse off.
When there’s a mass of supporters who appreciate the benefits of a respectful, safe, fair and inclusive club culture, who easily outnumber abusive and disrespectful people, there’s less room for abusive and violent attitudes, language and behaviours.
Support your side, respect the other and love the game.