Castleford have warned a small group of their fans that they face lengthy bans if they are caught chanting inappropriate and obscene messages at games.
The Tigers have been forced to act following a number of complaints recently, and they are to employ unmarked “spotters” at all home and away games to help identify the culprits, starting with tonight’s game at Huddersfield.
In a statement, chief executive Richard Wright said: “It must be said that it is a very small minority of our fan base who partake in this inappropriate and damaging kind of behaviour, but nevertheless, they are presenting an awful, unjust image of our proud family orientated club and we need to stamp it out.
“It is such a shame that inappropriate and obscene chanting is occuring at games as when those who do it turn their attentions to getting behind the team in an appropriate way, our vocal support is unrivalled in my opinion.
“As a club we have prided ourselves over many years on our reputation for generating fantastic family-friendly atmospheres at games and it would be such a shame if this was lost for the actions of this small, unruly minority.
“We will not tolerate inappropriate and obscene chanting at any of our games either home or away and we will hand out lengthy bans to those caught perpetrating it.”
Castleford have averaged 8,482 in their three Super League home games so far, against Bradford, Wigan and Leeds.