The management of K. Beerschot VA, a football team from Antwerp who play in Belgium's second division, have reacted by condemning in an open letter the racist chants made by its fans during the team's trip on Saturday night to RWD Molenbeek.
“Beerschot deplores the chants against RWD Molenbeek (RWDM) supporters and urges our fans to refrain from such chants,” stated the letter by the second division club, who also announced they will be organising a consultation with its supporters.
Several other incidents have involved Beerschot supporters in the recent past. The club wanted to take a new path this season. But on Saturday, things went wrong again against RWDM.
“In this story, there is no place for racism and discrimination. Beerschot, therefore, deplores the chants against RWDM supporters and urges our fans to refrain from such chants.”
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“Such chants damage the image of the club, but also create a division between players and supporters”, continues the club, which will begin consultations with its fans in the coming weeks in order to ban these chants from its games.
“In this way, we can show what our fans really are: fanatical, dedicated and humorous supporters. Only then can we bring the positive story back to the world of football about what Beerschot really is about.”
The Pro League announced n Sunday they will be taking punitive action against the club o following the incidents. RWD Molenbeek won the game 2-0.