Chief executive of Luton Town FC tells fans to stop chanting Tommy Robinson's name

Chief executive of Luton Town FC tells fans to stop chanting Tommy Robinson

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The chief executive of Luton Town FC has issued a statement asking fans not to chant about Tommy Robinson.

In a message posted to the Luton Town website, Gary Sweet said that the team's away game at West Bromwich was "blemished" by fans chanting Robinson's name.

"Apart from the result, our experience was blemished, for the second away game running, by hearing the chanting the name of a political figurehead by a small number of Hatters supporters," he wrote.

"This is hugely disappointing for us, as a board, because the individual in question wasn’t playing or involved in the squad or staff."

Robinson, who founded the English Defence League in 2009, was released from prison at the beginning of August after being jailed on contempt of court charges, which were overturned in the Court of Appeal.

He will face a retrial at a later date.

Sweet continued: "Everyone at the club has worked extremely hard and will continue to work tirelessly to create an environment – whether that be Kenilworth Road, Power Court or any away game – for our community of supporters to support their team and enjoy a football match knowing that all prejudice – whether that be political, religious, cultural or racial – can and should be left for another day.

"This allows us to invite anybody into our environment without discomfort, disrespect or fear, and welcome any and every member of our wide community respectfully.

"Please respect others when supporting our great club, please support the players on the pitch and please refrain from introducing non-football songs into our stadia."

Sweet did not name Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, in his statement.

Watch below: Tommy Robinson's former aide Lucy Brown tells Mike Graham what it's like working for him