On Sunday afternoon, Odd faced Kristiansund in a match at Eliteserien. In the stands, Alexander Almvik stood with the rest of the home team’s fans, Udran.
But during the break, the supporting manager received a phone call which has now been reported to the police.
– It was a very unpleasant feeling. Because it was a far cry from what is legal. I quickly realized that this had to be taken very seriously on our part. It’s just a matter of contacting all the appropriate authorities to start the report, Almvik tells Dagbladet.
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Someone called the mafic with a hidden number and delivered a rude hate speech targeting their use of the rainbow flag in the stands, according to the supporting manager.
He says there are no indications that the person in question is linked to any of the clubs.
– It’s so sad. We use this flag to tell people that you are welcome to the stands no matter who you love and whom you select. It is quite clear that there are groups in society that want to oppose this. He says: We will stand our ground no matter what, and we will never give up.
Almvik went to the Greenland police station on Monday morning and held talks with the police. It resulted in a report of outrageous hate speech. He believes it is important for supporters to stand up for certain values.
– It is very important that those standing in the stands come forward with such a message, even if the activities on the stands can be seen as a little skewed at times, you should bear in mind some general values. It is about your respect for who you are. He concludes that it is very important that we bring this issue to the fore in order to provide greater acceptance of diversity in the football environment.
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