Wolverhampton Wanderers have made a request to fans who are traveling to Dublin for a preseason friendly match against Celtic at the Aviva Stadium this weekend. The English top-flight team anticipates that English and Scottish fans will come together for this game and that there will be discriminatory chanting from supporters
To ensure a positive and respectful atmosphere, Wolves have issued a media guide, appealing to their supporters to refrain from engaging in discriminatory chanting during the match. This request comes after the club was fined £100,000 by the English FA due to homophobic chanting by some of their fans during a previous match against Chelsea in April.
The club expressed its appreciation for the support from Wolves fans at away stadiums and hopes that all supporters traveling to Dublin will have an enjoyable time in Ireland. They emphasize that these fans will be representing both the club and the city of Wolverhampton, and thus, they are asked to conduct themselves in a positive manner throughout their visit.
"We hope all supporters making the trip to Dublin have a great trip and enjoy their time in Ireland. The support from Wolves fans at away stadiums is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club. Supporters travelling to Dublin are reminded that they will be ambassadors for the club and the city of Wolverhampton and are asked to ensure they represent both in a positive manner at all times," they said in the matchguide.
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In light of the recent punishment from the Football Association, Wolverhampton Wanderers wanted to reiterate its zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of discrimination, harassment, and victimization related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, and disability.
"After the club’s recent punishment from the Football Association in relation to homophobic chanting by some Wolves supporters during our match against Chelsea in April, it is pertinent to remind supporters that the club operate a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation relating to sex, gender, sexual orientation as well as religion or race and disability," they added.
The club extended its gratitude for the incredible support and cooperation of its fans.
"Wolves urges supporters to show respect and not chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others, particularly from a religious or political perspective. All unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in line with our acceptable behaviour policy which can be viewed here. Thank you for your fantastic support."
The game kicks-off at 2pm