English Football League to take no action against Stevenage FC over claims Grimsby Town supporters were made to show their bras
The English Football League says it will not take action against Stevenage Football Club after allegations that its stewards forced female Grimsby Town supporters to show their bras and performed searches on young children.
The claims were made by supporters group The Mariners Trust after a fixture at the Lamex Stadium on August 19.
The story made national headlines after the chairman of the supporters’ club wrote to Stevenage FC, to football governing bodies and the media slamming the conduct of security staff.
He alleged a “number of serious failings” by the stewards and urged the club to investigate so supporters from other clubs are not treated with “the same contempt”.
Supporters said security staff had forced them to lift up their tops, show their bras, asked to feel their bras and had carried out full body searches on children as young as five.
Yesterday the EFL – which investigated the claims – issued a statement saying it would take no action against Stevenage, but would issue new guidelines about safety and stewarding to league clubs.
It reads: “Following a comprehensive review of events alleged to have taken place prior to the League Two fixture between Stevenage and Grimsby Town on Saturday, August 19, the EFL has now given due consideration to the complaint raised in respect of the stewarding operation on the day.
“On receipt of detailed observations from both clubs, the EFL can confirm that no specific action is to be taken under its rules.
“The EFL will, however, continue to work with all its clubs to ensure that attending matches remains an enjoyable, positive experience for supporters and, to assist, will be issuing updated guidance regarding a number of safety, security and stewarding matters.
“In addition, supporters are reminded that dedicated channels exist at all clubs and the EFL to ensure that there are professional and approachable points of contact to report any complaints or issues of concern. Details are available via a club’s or the EFL’s Supporters’ Charter.”
“Alternatively, all supporters have the right to contact the Independent Football Ombudsman who are accredited as an approved alternate dispute resolution body.
“The EFL notes the co-operation received in this matter and in particular would like to thank both the management teams at Stevenage and Grimsby Town for their assistance.”