Anti-social behaviour Policy
Anti–social behaviours are actions that harm or lack consideration for the well-being of others. Many people also label behaviour which is deemed contrary to normal social conduct to be anti–social behaviour.
Warnings which will always be given in writing will be recorded at supervisory level by steward supervisors in their supervisory match reports-Head Stewards Report- Match Safety Report (Safety Officer) All will be recorded for 12 calendar months on the club’s computer system by the club general manager.
All warnings which are dealt with only as a warning will invariably be in response to Anti Social Behaviour. Only 3 recorded warnings are permissible therefore on the third warning the procedure (very much similar to the procedure outlined in the supporter’s code of conduct – Attached) will be invoked as follows:
Supporters who are the subject of three recorded warnings regarding Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) at Dumbarton Football Club will immediately be excluded from entering the stadium for any matches of any sort for 4 weeks or * 2 home matches (* should the 4 weeks run into the close season).
The Safety Officer records all incidents and actions taken at homematches. The Club General Manager maintains a conduct list recording all actions taken against supporters for offences either home or away. The club also has an information sharing agreement with Police Scotland which provides such information. It should however be noted that at club security only matches stewards have no power in law to require offenders to divulge any details.
Persons who indulge in Unacceptable Conduct, Crowd Disorder or Anti Social Behaviour whilst under 18 years of age. Duty of Care.
Criminal responsibility and the courts
In Scotland the age of criminal responsibility is 8 years old and the age at which a child can be prosecuted is 12 years.
If a child under 12 is behaving in such a way that they may be at risk or vulnerable, for example, assaulting others or stealing, they may be referred to a social worker and ultimately a children’s hearing which can make a decision about how to help them and the family. A decision by a children’s hearing can become part of a criminal record.
If you are aged between 12 and 16 and you commit a criminal offence you are most likely to be referred to the Children’s Reporter who will decide whether or not there are grounds for concern. A child of 12 or over can be prosecuted for a criminal offence and be dealt with in court if the offence is serious.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 and you commit a criminal offence you will be dealt with by the children’s hearing system or the courts. If you are going to court there is useful information on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website at www.scotcourts.gov.uk.
Duty of Care
Dumbarton FC have a duty of care to children and young persons under the age of 16 years therefore such persons will not be subject to automatic ejection. If appropriate having committed an offence the child responsible may be moved to another part of the stadium and supervised throughout the rest of the match/event. This duty of care extends to victims, witnesses, at risk adults and the disabled who will receive appropriate care from staff.
Safety Stewards/SIA Stewards
Ground resources, options, roles and responsibilities
SUPPORTERS CODE OF CONDUCT
Dumbarton Football Club recognises that football is a passionate game and supporters will have their own way of expressing their support and reactions. This is acceptable and welcomed as it often adds positively to the match experience. However, behaviour which jeopardises the safety and enjoyment of others or is likely to bring disrepute to this Club is not acceptable.
Disability Hate Crime
A crime becomes a Disability Hate Crime when it is ‘perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by malice or ill will based on a person’s disability or perceived disability’. (A copy of the clubs Disability hate crime policy is available on the club web site under club policies)
Personal Abuse on Social Media
Derogatory, abusive, and wholly unacceptable social media posts aimed towards club staff is unacceptable conduct and any breaches to the guidelines within this document will be policed and the penalties will be the same on social media as it would be if the offence was carried out in person within the stadium. It should be noted that social media platforms have their own terms and conditions which when breached by such conduct which may well lead to exclusion from use of such services.
Whilst we understand that everybody is entitled to an opinion, and actively encourage lively and passionate debate, we must make it clear that some of the personal attacks we have witnessed are deplorable. Such behaviour has no place at our club, in football or within wider society.
Anyone found guilty of using language of a racist, xenophobic or discriminatory nature is indulging in unacceptable conduct and as such will face further action from the club. This also relates to discriminatory content posted online.
Dumbarton FC will support its Staff, Stewards and Police Scotland in taking appropriate action against any individual whose *conduct is unacceptable.
As a club Dumbarton FC promotes a family friendly atmosphere within the C&G Systems Stadium and this should spread to social media where decent and honest online discussion of all things Dumbarton is positively encouraged.
(* Notices defining unacceptable conduct are on display throughout the stadium and can also be found on the club web site)
Exclusion from the Stadium
Supporters who are the subject of an ejection (Mainly by Stewards) or arrest (By police) will immediately be excluded from entering theC&G Systems Stadium for any matches whatsoever held at saidstadium for 4 weeks or * 2 home matches (* should the 4 weeks runinto the close season). In the case of arrest should the police action lead to court proceedings this exclusion will be extended until the outcome of such court proceedings are known by the club.* This exclusion also covers supporters who indulge in unacceptable conduct and who are neither ejected nor arrested at the time but whose identity is later discovered by the club.
* The club will undertake to review the ongoing cases of supporters banned until the conclusion of court proceedings after every 4 weeks/ 2 home matches. The results of such reviews will be recorded by the club and should they result in the ban being lifted the supporter concerned will be informed.
Dumbarton Football Club are always made aware of instances ofunacceptable conduct involving our supporters which occur whilstthe team are playing away from home and should the circumstances merit, the club reserve the right to implement the terms of this code against individuals who indulge in such behaviour and bring the good name of this club into disrepute.
Right of Appeal
Any individual who breaks this code and becomes the subject of arrest or ejection leading to exclusion from the stadium may appeal in writing to the undersigned if they feel that an injustice has occurred. A club review of the circumstances will be undertaken and the applicant informed of the results of the review in writing.
Dumbarton Football Club enjoys an excellent reputation for good behaviour both on and off the field of play. This code of conduct has been produced so that supporters are fully aware of the action that this club will take to ensure their safety and enjoyment. The club trusts that the sanctions mentioned above are seldom imposed.
Appendix A Ground Rules
ENTRY TO THIS GROUND, WHETHER ON PAYMENT OR OTHERWISE, SHALLBE DEEMED FOR ALL PUPOSES TO CONSTITUTE AN UNQUALIFIEDACCEPTANCE TO BE BOUND BY AND AN UNDERTAKING TO COMPLY WITHTHESE GROUND REGULATIONS AND RELEVENT FOOTBALL RULES.
(“Football Bodies” and “Football Rules”). Capitalised words and phrases in these ground regulations (“Ground Regulations”), except where herein defined, have the meanings given to them in the Rules and Regulations of The Scottish Professional Football League; a copy of which is available at: http://spfl.co.uk/docs/
Matches, the confiscation of any Ticket purchased or held and/or any other sanction as may be determined by the Club/Event Organiser and/or in the case of a failure to comply with and/or a breach of Football Rules by the relevant Football Body..
means, in relation to a Match taking place in the Ground, any players or other persons present in the Ground and/or the Ground, nor may they bring into the Ground or use within the Ground (or provide to, facilitate or otherwise assist another person to use within the Ground) any equipment or technology which is capable of capturing, logging, recording, transmitting, playing, issuing, showing or otherwise communicating (by digital or other means) any such Material as described above. Any person failing to comply with these restrictions is deemed to be liable to have such equipment, technology and Material in whatever form, confiscated without compensation by the Club/Event Organiser. Copyright, Database Rights and any other intellectual property rights in any such unauthorised recording or transmission is assigned (by way of present assignation or assignations of future rights) to the relevant Football Authority organising the Match in its relevant Competition. You further agree (if and whenever required to do so by said relevant Football Authority to promptly execute all instruments and do all things necessary to vest the right, title and interest in such rights to said relevant Football Authority absolutely and, where legally permissible, with full title guarantee.
22. SMOKING [INCLUDING ALL PIPES, E CIGARETTES and VAPES ISSTRICTLY FORBIDDEN inside the Ground in all seated areas of the stadium. Smoking of E cigarettes is only permitted in areas where it is expressly identified in open concourse areas.
You should be aware that in terms of a protocol with Police Scotland the details, images and/or result of any arrest, detention and/or prosecution occurring in connection with a Match may be shared with the Club/Event Organiser. FOOTBALL BANNING ORDERs may be imposed on individuals who breach and/or fail to comply with these Ground Regulations.