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Gillingham Football Club charged with misconduct in relation to crowd control at three League 2 matches this season

Gillingham Football Club insist they have a “zero tolerance approach to abuse” after being hit with three separate misconduct charges over crowd control.

The Football Association have alleged that the club failed to ensure its spectators and/or supporters – and anyone purporting to be its supporters or followers – conducted themselves in an orderly fashion at three of their League 2 games this season.

Gillingham charged by the FA over three separate incidents involving supporters
Gillingham charged by the FA over three separate incidents involving supporters

Charges relate to the games against Colchester United on December 26, 2022, Sutton United three days later and again when they played AFC Wimbledon on February 25 this year.

Allegations relate to “words or behaviour that are improper, offensive, abusive, indecent, or insulting with either express or implied reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”

At least one of those charges came following sexist chants directed at a female physiotherapist.

In response to the charges, the Gills released a short statement, saying: “The club has been made aware of the charges brought forwards by the FA.

“Gillingham FC has a zero tolerance approach to any types of abuse and we investigate all matters very seriously.”

The club added: “There is no place for sexist, racist or insulting behaviour at Priestfield, or in wider society, and we will continue to work with all relevant authorities to ensure those who are guilty of such incidences are appropriately punished.”

Gillingham have until June 5 to provide its response to the charges.

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