The Swansea City Supporters’ Trust stands against all forms of discrimination.
The Trust has previously publicly supported the players-led initiative to “take the knee” as part of their efforts to end racism and discrimination of any sort. We are happy to reiterate that support today and we know that view is shared by the Club.
We condemn the actions of a very small group of people, most of whom having no links to the local area, who have sought to use our club’s media profile and good name as a vehicle for their extreme political views. We have been heartened to see that these views have been comprehensively rejected by Swans fans, both on social media and in their views expressed to us. We know that the club has been working with South Wales Police on this issue and will continue to do so.
We continue to see footballers from BAME backgrounds across the UK receive racist abuse, particularly on social media. Sadly, this has now happened to one of our own, Yan Dhanda. We have been in constant dialogue with the club on this issue, and we are glad that South Wales Police are investigating this incident, which we hope leads to a successful prosecution. We are sure that all Swans fans offer their full support to Yan at this time.
These incidents provide further evidence, if it was needed, that further education and action is required. We fully support the open letter sent by footballing authorities to social media companies, calling for much stronger action against those using these platforms to abuse other people.
As a Trust, we are also working with the club and other groups to identify ways we can ensure that our club, and the Liberty Stadium, is seen as somewhere that everyone feels they are safe and welcome. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks.
Swansea City Supporters’ Trust
12th February 2021