Football fans who abuse players or supporters online have been warned they could face prosecution, as lawyers and police unveiled a new policy for tackling hooliganism.
Sports prosecutor Nick Hawkins said criminal abuse inside as well as outside sports grounds would be dealt with in the run up to England World Cup qualifiers in the autumn.
But the legislation shouldn’t have to be enforced at the county’s top non-league club, where insults about its pies are about as tasty as the banter gets.
After Forest Green Rovers kicked meat into touch and introduced a vegetarian menu, some opposition fans taunted the New Lawn club but the innovative dishes won most over.
A cry of "Where's your burger van?" has been heard from away fans at the New Lawn. And sometimes fans at away grounds sing "You're only here for the burgers".
Other clubs have been hit by racist and homophobic abuse and new guidance issued by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) earlier this year said that communications that included threats of violence or damage to property; specifically targeted individuals, or that may breach a court order should be "prosecuted robustly" if there was enough evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.
The policy, issued by the CPS and the Association of Chief Police Officers, also deals specifically with homophobic chanting.