Away fans criticised after trouble at Whitehawk football match today

Posted On 14 Jan 2023 at 8:55 pm

Whitehawk FC criticised away fans after trouble at the match this afternoon (Saturday 14 January).

During a 3-1 defeat at home to Littlehampton Town, the Hawks tweeted: “Grim scenes here as a few fans storm the pitch, halting proceedings once more.

“Police getting involved as the game itself descends into an attritional battle.”

After the match the club issued a statement which said: “Whitehawk FC are saddened by the behaviour of a number of Littlehampton Town fans at today’s match and apologise to our own supporters for what occurred.

“Despite the precautions we put in place, the match was marred by firecrackers, smoke bombs, flares, homophobic abuse, smashed chairs and fans entering the field of play.

“We wish to make clear there is no place for violence, bigotry and threatening behaviour within the beautiful game and we are speaking to the opposition about what took place.

“Whitehawk FC operate a zero tolerance policy towards any abuse at the Enclosed Ground and are fully committed to our indefatigable value that football is for all.

“We thank Sussex Police for their assistance in responding speedily and preventing any further disorder.

“We will provide an update in due course and a full report will be issued to the Isthmian League and the Football Association.”

Earlier, a member posted on Facebook on the Hanover Community Notice Board: “Anyone know why police and vans are chasing over 30 men yelling and running around the streets near Whitehawk / the Marina?”

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