Fife Flyers issued a statement following an abusive comment left under a social media post.
The club and fans alike have condemned the comment which was immediately deleted from the relevant account.
In a statement on the Flyers’ website they said: “Fife Flyers encourages healthy debate on social media platforms, however if this crosses the line into personal abuse towards staff/volunteers, coaching staff or players it will not be tolerated in any form and the club will take any action deemed necessary.”
The Scottish side are taking a hard-line approach to the comment saying they will issue a lengthy ban to the perpetrator.
Fans think this isn’t enough with replies to the Tweet about the statement letting their thoughts be known.
Absolutely spot on statement. A lengthy ban, would for me, be a life ban given what the comment said. Here's hoping the individual is identified, and held accountable, and an appropriate apology is forthcoming.
— Dave Cunningham (@flyerinfife) January 25, 2022
Fans were united across all platforms and even from other teams in their disgust for the comment made.
As a Stars fan I have to say I admire the stance taken by Flyers and I really hope the club can identify the culprit. Human decency transcends hockey divides. Well done Flyers-a model for all clubs to follow.
— Ron Gabriel (@St_Kilda_Boy) January 25, 2022
The Fife statement continued to say: “Fife Flyers are a club that prides itself on being at the heart of the Fife community and celebrates inclusivity and respect.”
The club nor the fans would repeat the comment but one person did say it was related to the family of someone.
Regardless of whether this person is a player or member of staff the comment was labelled as ‘gutter level’ by angry fans.
This once again brings into question the issue of online abuse to sportspersons.
It has been widely documented that players and staff can become the targets of vile abuse following poor results.
The Flyers have been on a poor run of form, sitting rock-bottom of the Elite League currently.
A rare win coming in their first game of the New Year in a 6-3 triumph over Dundee Stars.
Since then it’s been seven consecutive defeats for Fife.
Poor results or not leaving personal abuse in a public comments section is unacceptable and should be punished accordingly.