BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
East Fife have branded some of their own supporters an embarrassment after they subjected East Stirling’s female physio to ‘sexist’ chanting.
The Methil outfit lost 1-0 at Ochilview on Saturday but the club’s board of directors were left red-faced by a section of the travelling support.
East Fife plan to apologise to Shire physio Anna Murray for their fans’ shameful conduct.
A club statement read: “The behaviour of a number of East Fife fans who travelled to the game against East Stirlingshire on Saturday was deplorable and an embarrassment to East Fife FC.
“The chanting and singing by that group of supporters was disgusting, rude and sexist.
“The club will apologise to East Stirlingshire FC and, more especially, to the lady physiotherapist for the abuse and chanting she was subjected to.
“The abuse the stewards and match officials were given during and after the match was also considered unacceptable.
“The fans who acted in such a disgusting manner should consider whether they wish to return to Bayview in future as the club cannot be expected to tolerate this behaviour again.
“We are a family club with ladies and child supporters, as are East Stirlingshire FC; they should not have been exposed to this type of language and behaviour.
“The club acknowledges that a group of fans wish to sing and chant to add a bit of atmosphere to the stadium during a game, but this must be done in a good mannered way so everyone may enjoy it.”