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Stadium bans and education for fans who booed players for having a knee at Cambridge United

Stadium bans for the remainder of the season and training for fans who booed players with one knee before Cambridge United’s match against Colchester at Abbey Stadium

  • Fans were heard when Cambridge played against Colchester on December 15th
  • Cambridge CEO Ian Mather quickly condemned their actions
  • A small number of fans have now been told they have been banned until the end of the season and have asked others to get some education before returning
  • Cambridge remains in tier two and can thus admit 2,000 fans to home games

Cambridge United has imposed a stadium ban on fans who booed players with one knee before their home game against Colchester.

Other fans have been asked to educate about discrimination and equality before re-entering Abbey Stadium.

A handful of fans were heard before kickoff in the League Two game on December 15, even though it was quickly drowned out by applause.

The club quickly condemned the actions of its supporters and promised to open an investigation, which has now been completed.

Anger was heard when Cambridge players got the hang of it before their match with Colchester

Anger was heard when Cambridge players got the hang of it before their match with Colchester

Anger was heard when Cambridge players got the hang of it before their game with Colchester

Chief executive, Ian Mather said in a statement: ‘The Club can confirm that it has taken action in relation to a very small number of fans following the Colchester United game in light of their behavior when players took the knee.

‘Each case was examined separately. The conclusions reached range from education and support without any bans to bans until the end of the season with refunded subscriptions.

“Diversity and inclusion will remain central to what we stand for as a football club and we will not say anything more about the incident.”

Ian Mather vowed that Cambridge United would track down and banish fans who would have booed

The cases were reviewed by a sub-group of the Cambridge United board including Godric Smith, a former spokesman for ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair and communications director in London 2012.

Cambridge remains in level two, so it can still accommodate 2,000 fans for home games.

Cambridge players had no knack for the games, but they wanted to show solidarity with Colchester, who was booed by some of their own fans for performing the gesture for their previous game against Grimsby Town.

In recent weeks, Millwall fans have booed their players with a knee before kick-off in a home game against Derby. A supporter heard booing in Exeter City and was thrown from the ground as a result.

Cambridge United’s next home game is against Leyton Orient on Boxing Day

The Millwall Supporters’ Club said the cheers for the South London club game were not motivated by racism, but “contrary to the political views of the Black Lives Matter organization”.

Last week, the Professional Footballers’ Association reported that players were supporting to continue kneeling in an investigation by the association.

“The results were clear,” said the PFA.

“Players overwhelmingly support the continuation of this act of solidarity, despite any negative responses that may be received.”

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