Earlier this week it came to our attention that a video was posted on social media that showed a Brentford fan using extremely offensive language, which included a racist comment. The Club conducted a swift investigation to gather as much information on the event and the individual concerned. This included a meeting with him today – Thursday 17 September – where the Club were represented by Club Director Nity Raj and Club Ambassador Marcus Gayle, among others.
The individual, who we have chosen not to name, has been informed that he has been banned for life from attending Brentford FC matches. His Season Ticket for our new stadium has been cancelled and he has been told he will not be permitted to watch any Brentford FC side at any venue. He has, however, agreed to undergo a period of rehabilitation, including working with Marcus Gayle. The Club has agreed to review this life ban three years after fans are first admitted to our new home, subject to the rehabilitation programme being completed and significant evidence of a change in behaviour.
We have a zero-tolerance policy towards discriminatory language, abuse, chanting and behaviour of any kind. It is vital that our community of fans, present and future, understand that we will not tolerate racism and discrimination.
We find hateful behaviour based on any form of discrimination abhorrent and wholly unacceptable. We are a fully inclusive Club, and in alignment with our #BeeTogether values are committed to eradicating any form of discrimination. We will continue to collaborate with Kick It Out and others to develop and implement anti-discrimination processes and practices, including both sanctions and education programmes where appropriate.