NIFL STATEMENT: 31 JANUARY 2020

The NIFL Premiership Management Committee held a constructive conversation on Wednesday evening on increased alleged incidents of unacceptable spectator behaviour at matches.

The NI Football League takes pride in the welcoming and all-inclusive atmosphere enjoyed by the majority of supporters across all clubs; however the Committee, with representatives from all twelve clubs present, noted several incidents of participants (players, coaches, referees etc) being allegedly subjected to inappropriate spectator behaviour this season.

As a result, the clubs are keen to develop an education and awareness campaign to promote player welfare, with a strong focus on mental health and wellbeing whilst also creating a safe and respectful environment for everyone to enjoy football in our league.

The NI Football League will now develop a plan to support its member clubs in a collaborative framework that encourages football-focussed spectator conduct with appropriate tools, knowledge and support to address improper spectator conduct.