Don’t drive our noisy fans away from game

LEEANN DEMPSTER . . . dismayed at 'Well fans being banished from Pittodrie.
LEEANN DEMPSTER . . . dismayed at 'Well fans being banished from Pittodrie.

MOTHERWELL FC are urging fellow clubs to show more commonsense towards ‘boisterous’ fans after travelling supporters again ran into trouble at the weekend.

Eight ’Well fans were ejected from Aberdeen’s Pittodrie Stadium in a row with stewards over standing and missed much of their side’s 2-1 victory.

It followed an incident last month when 50 supporters of the Fir Park club claimed they were turned away from Dundee United’s ground after officials objected to them bringing in a drum and flags.

Motherwell chief executive Leeann Dempster expressed concern this week that some fans are being ‘demonised’ at a time when clubs are struggling to attract crowds and generate income.

She said it’s time for clubs to take a serious look at the issue of separate areas for supporters who prefer to stand.

Motherwell were having informal talks with Aberdeen over Saturday’s events though they stress they are not blaming the Pittodrie club or making a formal complaint.

’Well appear to accept the explanation that stewards moved in at the request of travelling supporters who complained they couldn’t see the action because fellow ’Well fans were standing up.

It’s claimed fans became abusive when asked to sit, but some supporters claimed the Aberdeen stewards were heavy-handed.

For full story, see this week’s Motherwell Times, dated Thursday, November 24.