Liverpool football club has warned fans not to engage in discriminatory behaviour during matches, with punishments including a possible lifetime ban from their Anfield stadium.

The clubs Supporter Charter for the 2016/17 season includes a zero-tolerance approach towards “discriminatory behaviour or language”.

In the charter the club states, “Anfield is famous not just for the passionate atmosphere but also for its warmth and welcoming to people of all
backgrounds. Liverpool FC strives to maintain Anfield’s safe and welcoming atmosphere.”

The club warned fans that anyone found guilty of “racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-disability language, offensive chanting or abuse” will receive a minimum season-long ban with the potential of a lifetime ban from the ground.

The charter states: “Where behaviour may become a criminal matter, Liverpool FC will fully support police in their enquiries and any subsequent prosecution. Liverpool FC will also support any fan who reports poor behaviour or an incident while at Anfield.”

It is a welcome change to see a football club making positive steps to combat anti-Semitism in its fanbase.