Chester FC condemns ‘appalling’ Lucy Letby chant during Hereford match
Tragedy chanting continues to be a problem throughout the football pyramid.
Non-league side Chester FC have condemned and apologised for a series of “appalling” football chants related to child serial killer Lucy Letby during a match earlier this week.
Chester were playing Hereford in a National League North fixture on Tuesday, 5 August when a number of fans were heard and reported for the chant referencing Letby, who was convicted for her crimes in August after being found guilty of murdering seven babies and attempting to murder six others.
The 33-year-old — who was working at a neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital at the time and is originally from Hereford — was sentenced to 14 whole-life orders, meaning she will die in prison.
The club are now said to be looking into CCTV footage to identify the individuals responsible and take “appropriate action”.
Issuing a statement following the horrific behaviour, Chester FC’s vice chairman, Jim Green, said: “The club condemns the appalling chant heard during our match with Hereford.
“We are ashamed to be associated with anyone responsible for the chant. It is reprehensible behaviour and demonstrates a deeply concerning lack of compassion, understanding and decency.
“The impact of Lucy Letby’s horrifying crimes continues to be felt throughout our community and the collective thoughts of the football club, our staff and supporters remain with the families and loved ones of the babies.”
This comes just a couple of months on from the FA making a fresh push to crack down on tragedy chanting as part of their new ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign.
New measures include a technical area code of conduct to require managers, coaches and other club staff members to behave in a responsible manner, increased financial penalties for serious and repeat offenders, as well as academy scholars to undertake refereeing courses to improve players’ education into officiating.
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