SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk has told fans to boycott tomorrow night’s game at Parkgate if they want to.
Funk has made it clear that he will back the Boro supporters whatever they choose to do.
The whole boycott situation has stemmed from Boro’s FA Vase exit at Parkgate last month.
Since this match Boro have been hit by three separate charges from the FA.
The Boro chief said: “I am very much in favour of it if the fans want to do it.
“I am always on the fans’ side. They support me, so I will back them no matter what.
“I went to a game the other night and I saw the referee and his officials getting some real abuse.
“This wasn’t banter like our fans have with the referees, this was real, horrible abuse.
“For people to have a go at our fans and say they don’t behave is out of order and because of that, if they feel hard done to, I’m fully behind them.
“I spoke to Long Eaton’s keeper Ross Whalin after the game earlier this season and he told me that he loved every minute of the fixture.
“He took the banter, knew how to handle it and gave a bit back, which is how it is.
“Darren France and I were on the bench laughing our heads off at some of the funny exchanges that were going on.”
Funk has also underlined that his side will be more than able to cope without playing in front of the usual hefty fan-backing that Boro have.
He added: “Be it in front of 5,000 people or just five people, my players will just concentrate on the game.
“They will just go there, play football and hopefully we’ll bring a result back.”