Fife Flyers Issue Statement on Online Abuse

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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.

Fan’s Reaction

Fans think this isn’t enough with replies to the Tweet about the statement letting their thoughts be known.

Fans were united across all platforms and even from other teams in their disgust for the comment made.

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.

What Now?

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.

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