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Norwich City v Ipswich Town social media abuse crackdown is an excellent idea - but should it happen inside the ground too?

PUBLISHED: 12:16 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 09 February 2018

Timm Klose of Norwich and Tom Adeyemi of Ipswich Town clash during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Timm Klose of Norwich and Tom Adeyemi of Ipswich Town clash during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Massive credit to both Norwich City and Ipswich Town this week for their pledge to come down hard on supporters who go too far with abuse on social media.

No-one wants to see an end to the passionate rivalry that exists between the two clubs, but all too often people take that way beyond what is acceptable.

At the end of the day football is a game and no matter what Bill Shankly once said (with I believe his tongue firmly in cheek), it really isn’t more important than life or death.

For our part we too will do whatever we can stop abusive behaviour on social media, and highlight to the relevant authorities if need be.

In general, the rise of social media has brought about so many positives. It’s entertaining, informative, connects people like never before and gives people a voice like never before.

But there are negatives and the fact it makes it easier for a vocal minority to abuse others is one of those.

I see it not just in football but across other subjects, where there are a handful of people who seem not only unable to accept a differing opinion, but get abusive about it too.

Going back to abuse connected with football, I wonder if clubs need to consider cracking down what goes on inside the ground, not just on social media?

I sat in the Barclay Lower for 12 years until the start of the season and there have been many times I’ve heard vicious, horrible and small minded outbursts. Not just aimed at rival players.

I’ve often regretted not doing more to challenge the people who made the comments, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be the first to admit that sometimes just putting your head down is the easiest thing to do.

It was this that played a big part in the difficult decision this season to move to a different part of the ground.

My oldest boy is five-years-old now and will soon be ready to start going to games.

I’ve loved being a Barclay Boy and it makes me sad to admit there is behaviour (though rare) that goes on which I’d rather my boy didn’t witness. And that should be treated no differently to abuse on social media.

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