Bulls fans demand racist crackdown
In a season that saw so many highs it's a shame to dwell on the lows.
But last season saw several incidents of racist chanting by a small section of people at Edgar Street. One incident that was particularly sickening was the racial abuse suffered by Peterborough striker Aaron McLean. It seems unbelievable in 2008 that anyone could be stupid enough to think that this sort of behaviour is acceptable.
Of course its part of the game to hassle opposition players, especially if they cheat to get players sent off. But this kind of brainless abuse has no place in football or society in general. Thanks to campaigns like 'Kick it Out' these sort of incidents are few and far between in football grounds in England, but one racist at Edgar Street is one too many.
Real Hereford fans often put forward ideas for improving the attendances at United home games. Surely stamping out this kind of behaviour would go some way towards that. Who would want to bring children to a game if they had to put up with idiots like these? Luckily some Hereford fans have been able to point these racists out so their faces are now known. But there needs to be a concerted effort to rid the terraces of people like this.
Maybe it's time to take on the example set by groups like the Green Brigade at Celtic, or the fans of FC St Pauli in Germany and organise an anti-racist stand within HUISA. These groups work to remove the racist elements from their grounds but they improve the atmosphere with some awe-inspiring displays of colour and songs.
So lets kick racists off the terraces at Edgar Street and keep Hereford United the family friendly community club that welcomes real football fans the world over.