This policy is designed to provide clarity to employees, stakeholders, supporters, and everyone connected with Cornish Rebels RLFC on the club’s attitude to issues of racial harassment and abuse.
It is further designed to promote good relations between persons of different ethnic or national groups and to preserve the good name of the club.
The club condemns racism in any form, either on or off the pitch. The club aims to create and maintain a working and spectating environment free from racial harassment and abuse. Everyone connected with the club has a responsibility to prevent racial harassment or abuse.
A racist incident is defined by the club as any incident that is perceived to be racist by the victim, or any other person. Racial harassment is defined by the club; to be any verbal, physical, written or visible abuse that is based on a person’s race, ethnic background, colour, nationality, language or cultural background – and is considered to be unwanted, unacceptable and/or offensive to the person. This includes racial chanting, abuse of players and officials, opposing teams and abuse.
Proven racial harassment or abuse will lead to action being taken. Such behaviour by a spectator will be reported to the police and may result in a life ban from the club. The club will give their full support to the police in any criminal actions.
All employees, supporters and volunteers have a responsibility to make it clear that such behaviour by anyone connected with the club is unacceptable.
Should the club decide to deal with the issue on a formal basis, the person making the allegations should provide a written statement. The person(s) complained about should be offered the opportunity of providing a verbal or written statement. They should also be advised to seek legal advice at their own expense.
Any supporters (home or visiting) behaving in this way will be detained by stewards, passed to the Police, and may be arrested. Season ticket holders detained for such a reason, face having their season ticket revoked and all spectators detained in this way face a life ban from the stadium.
The club advocates for and supports The Rugby Football League’s Solidarity Against Racism position. You can read more on the RFL website here
If you wish to report any instances of what you feel is racist behaviour, then please email the club welfare officer using this form