Forres Mechanics Football Club
Unacceptable Conduct Policy

1. GENERAL

Along with other Scottish Highland Football League clubs Forres Mechanics Football Club wants to create and promote a positive environment at its matches where both the home and away supporters can enjoy their team’s performance. Forres Mechanics football Club will work on an on-going basis with other Scottish Highland Football League clubs and the relevant agencies to develop and maintain such an environment.

Forres Mechanics Football Club requires that, as far as is reasonably practicable, its players, supporters, officials and any other person connected with the club do not engage in Unacceptable Conduct at a match. This responsibility is not limited to Mosset Park Stadium but extends to Forres Mechanics Football Club matches at any other stadium.

Forres Mechanics Football Club also has a responsibility for, as far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that good order and security is maintained at matches played at Mosset Park Stadium.  Forres Mechanics Football Club accepts its responsibility and will not tolerate any form of unacceptable conduct.

Policies and procedures are in place to prevent and deal with incidents of Unacceptable Conduct.

2. UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

2.1 Definitions

Unacceptable Conduct is conduct which is violent and/or disorderly and includes using words, conduct or displaying any writing or other action which indicates support for, or affiliation to, or celebration of, or opposition to an organisation proscribed in terms of the Terrorism Act 2000.

2.2 Violent Conduct includes:

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

Disorderly conduct involves any activity which stirs up or sustains, or is likely, or is intended to stir up or sustain hatred or ill-will against or towards individuals or groups of people.

2.3 Disorderly conduct includes:

Conduct which stirs up or sustains or is likely or is intended to stir up or sustain hatred or ill will towards individuals or groups because of:

  • gender, colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origin
  • membership of a religious group or of a social or cultural group with perceived or actual religious affiliation
  • sexual orientation, transgender identity
  • disability

It is an offence punishable by law for any person to enter or attempt to enter the ground:

  • Whilst in possession of a controlled container which is or was capable of holding liquid and which if thrown would be capable of causing injury to another person
    • Whilst in possession of alcohol
    • Whilst drunk
    • Whilst in possession of any article or substance whose main purpose is the emission of a flare for purposes of illuminating or signalling or the emission of smoke or visible gas
    • Any article which is a firework

All persons entering the ground may be searched by police or stewards

In addition:

  • Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or conduct
  • Displaying or writing anything which is threatening, abusive or insulting.

All persons who enter Mosset Park Stadium on a match day are covered by these rules including all employees and volunteers of Forres Mechanics Football Club whilst discharging their duties for the Club.

Any supporter who engages in unacceptable conduct will be liable for sanctions imposed by the Club which may involve ejection from the stadium, withdrawal of a season ticket and/or exclusion from future matches involving the Club.

Any official, employee or volunteer of the Club who engages in such activity will be subject to the Club's internal discipline procedures.

Whilst it is appreciated that behaviour such as that listed above involves the minority

of individuals in our society, Forres Mechanics Football Club wishes to ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards both on and off the field of play and that the name 'Forres Mechanics Football Club' is associated with good and sporting behaviour at all times.

N.B.  Smoking in the Stand at the Mosset Park is prohibited.

Chairman, FMFC

Reviewed:  March 2016

Review Date: March 2017