Inverness Caledonian Thistle were saddened and angered to learn of sustained verbal abuse directed at one of our players and his family by a small minority of supporters during Saturday’s match with Ayr United.

This is incredibly disappointing for all associated with the club, and we condemn such behaviour in the strongest possible terms. Individuals who were involved in this abuse have been identified, and are in the process of being banned from attending future Inverness Caledonian Thistle fixtures.

Any supporter found to be engaging in this kind of abuse will be instructed to leave the stadium. This is a clear breach of SPFL rules and of the club’s code of conduct, and contrary to what we want to build at this football club.

We are a family club, where all in the community are welcome, and abuse of anyone – whether they are players, staff or fellow fans – will not be tolerated. Debate around team performance is part of being a supporter, disrespect towards anyone representing our club is not.

Graham Rae, Chairman