An investigation has started after allegations of “tragedy chanting” at a match between Ashville FC and Droylsden in Greater Manchester.  

Wallasey-based club Ashville travelled to Droylsden for a quarter-final tie in the Macron Cup, however the game was called off in the second half due to a waterlogged pitch. 

After the abandonment, Ashville released a statement via social media, claiming that their fans and staff had been “subjected to vile tragedy chanting” by the home supporters.

It is alleged that comments such as “feed the Scousers” and “always the victims” were directed towards fans of the Wirral club as well as “insults and comments referring to the Hillsborough disaster.” 

The North West Counties Football League (NWCFL) said they were aware of the incident and released a statement in response to the alleged tragedy chanting.  

A spokesperson for the NWCFL said: “The league has previously issued warnings to all member clubs about their responsibilities in ensuring spectator behaviour at grounds, following similar incidents involving tragedy chanting this season.

“In this instance, The League has asked both clubs for their observations, and we will work with the respective County FAs, as this is a potential discipline matter under the jurisdiction of the FA.

“The League condemns any forms of tragedy chanting, which has no place in football. To use horrific tragedies such as Hillsborough as a form of ‘banter’ disrespects the victims and their loved ones, and damages the reputation of the clubs concerned.” 

Following numerous instances of tragedy chanting at football matches in recent years, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued new guidance last August relating to the punishments surrounding tragedy-related abuse.  

The CPS stated that tragedy chanting can be prosecuted as a public order offence. 

The guidance also set out how lawyers can apply for Football Banning Orders which can stop fans from attending matches.  

Last Sunday, a man who engaged in tragedy chanting prior to a clash between Burnley and Manchester United, was given a five-year Football Banning Order.  

In September, Billy Rambadt, a 27-year-old Burnley supporter shouted ‘Munich’ and made aeroplane gestures at a group of Manchester United fans – in reference to the 1958 Munich Disaster. 

The incident was captured on police body-cams and the man was charged with using threatening/abusive words/behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Ashville FC later released an official statement on their club website saying: “An investigation has been opened by the relevant county FA’s following a complaint made by Ashville Football Club.”

“Ashville Football Club will make no further comment on this matter whilst the investigation is ongoing.” 

The match that was abandoned is due to be replayed on Tuesday 5th March at The Butchers Arms Ground, the winner of the tie will face Chadderton in the semi-finals of the Macron Cup.

Droylsden have made no statement regarding the allegations made following their clash with Ashville FC.