Lincoln City fans ditch financial backing of club due to 'supporters' foul language'
Two avid Lincoln City fans say they are axing their financial support for the club because they are sick of "persistent foul language from supporters".
Retired Terry and Sue Miller, who moved to Branston in 2002, have season tickets in the Co-Op stand at Sincil Bank.
They have bought shares in the club and sponsor players every season.
But, after three years of experiencing foul and abusive language from supporters around them and the perceived lack of action from stewards, they have decided to cut all ties with the club.
"We moved here 11 years ago and decided we wanted to go along and watch the team," said Mr Miller, of Woodside, Branston.
"The whole atmosphere was so welcoming and family friendly so in 2003 we bought season tickets.
"It was in the 2009/10 season that we started having problems.
"There were a group of men sat behind us and one of them had a very loud, booming voice. He would be screaming at players and officials and at times it hurt your ears.
"He said he wouldn't come again if we were relegated so that issue stopped."
The couple wrote to the club twice about their concerns but received no response.
However, a recent fixture against Newport County proved to be the final straw.
"The events at the Newport game led us to our decision," added Mr Miller, 64.
"There were people using all kinds of swearwords towards the Newport supporters for the whole game.
"They were also saying things that in this day and age could be considered racist towards Welsh people.
"I spoke to a female supervisor and she made it clear to me that she was not going to do anything as the club does not have a no swearing policy other than in the small family stand.
"I made a list of events that day which makes for unpleasant reading.
"We want to attend as many games as we can for the rest of the season, but fear that a similar incident could happen," he said.
"If that is the case, we will leave the stadium and request a refund.
"I think that is a fair and reasonable request."
Mrs Miller, 66, said the couple had not taken their decision lightly and was concerned for the future of the club.
"It upsets me seeing the children at the games," she said.
"What on earth is going through their little heads when they hear it?
"We have seen people with children leave at half-time and not come back.
"What sort of a future is that creating for the club? We really love Lincoln City but we have been left with no choice but to withdraw our support."
Lincoln City chief executive Steve Prescott said the club takes incidents of foul and abusive language seriously.
"This season we have had three complaints of foul and abusive language which we take very seriously indeed," he said.
"We monitor areas of the stadium which are complained about and take action where necessary.
"We do value Mr and Mrs Miller's support and would hope they renew their season tickets and sponsorship."
The Imps have an anonymous text number to report incidents.
Text your seat number, row, block and a brief description of the problem to 07530 794710 and the safety manager will take any action needed.