Following Bristol City’s Championship fixture against Cardiff City, photos & videos emerged on social media of a minority of Cardiff City supporters in attendance that caused significant damage to the toilets in the Atyeo Stand at Ashton Gate Stadium.
A statement was released by Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust of their chair Keith Morgan condemning the wreckage, for which we have shared on our social media platforms. You can also read the statement here.
We appreciate the response from Cardiff City, at club and supporter level, that reinforces what we already knew; that Cardiff City are a proud family club. We appreciate the words & actions of the vast majority of Cardiff City officials and thank them.
As a member of the Football Supporters Association, we recently attended a meeting with other Championship supporter organisations to discuss an uptick in complaints and antisocial behaviour in recent months at football matches across the country.
There have been incidents of misbehaviour with Bristol City supporters too. We also recognise that sadly there were items once again thrown on to the pitch by our own supporters and we would urge everyone to take personal responsibility for their actions going forward.
We want Ashton Gate to be vibrant, noisy and an uncomfortable place for visiting teams to play. We want to resist the gentrification of football and for it to keep its place as the cherished heart of its community. We show that pride and passion best when we do that by involving and respecting others.
If that’s not for you, if the consequences that your actions have on your Club and your own supporters don’t matter to you, you need to know that the level of CCTV surveillance is exceptionally good in and around Ashton Gate that the Club and the Police will make you responsible for your actions if you choose not to take that personal responsibility.
If you lose your head in a moment of over-excitement, the chances are that you’ll be regretting it for years to come. The football chant “We do what we want” is right, you do what you want, so decide what it is that you really want.