St Mirren statement condemns anti-social behaviour of section of their support this season
Last Updated: 12/02/19 1:49pm
St Mirren have condemned a section of their own support after a number of instances of anti-social behaviour at games this season.
The Scottish Premiership side says home supporters spat and threw coins at an unconscious Dundee United supporter who was being removed from St Mirren Park during their Scottish FA Cup game on Saturday.
The supporter had suffered a head injury while celebrating a goal during the Tannadice side's 2-1 win.
St Mirren have appealed for help in identifying those responsible and say lifetime bans will be given to anyone proven to have been involved.
They said in a statement the incident was not the first to involve St Mirren fans this season, most of them occurring at away fixtures.
Their statement read: "We are fortunate to have a very loyal support who travel up and down the country following the team through thick and thin and, as we have previously stated, this is never taken for granted and is much appreciated by everyone connected with St Mirren.
"This season the police have been in dialogue with us over some incidents and behaviour that has taken place predominantly at away games. This relates to a very small number of fans, however, it goes without saying that this negatively affects the reputation of the support as a whole.
"Amongst other things this has involved the setting off of flares, fireworks and smoke bombs, organising fights with opposition supporters and vandalism of public property. These are very serious allegations and seriously tarnish our club's reputation.
"While the aforementioned are primarily a police issue we are now also seeing instances of this unacceptable behaviour appearing at our home fixtures.
"Everyone connected with the club fully acknowledges the fantastic contribution the W7 group have made to improving the atmosphere at the stadium. Whilst we want to nurture and support the fans in that area of the stadium we are also duty bound to apply the same rules that cover all other areas of all other stands.
"For the avoidance of any doubt antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated in any area of our stadium.
"There has been much comment on social media over the weekend regarding all of the above but that is not the place we should be having these conversations especially when people are not aware of all the facts and individuals can twist the truth without the risk of being held accountable for their words.
"As a result of this ongoing situation we have asked local MSP George Adam to arrange a meeting with the police, the club and relevant fan groups to try and find a sensible way forward to get us all pulling in the same direction once more."