Hibs Supporter Director Tracey Smith has tendered her resignation because of her concerns at the level of abusive behaviour shown by a number of supporters towards the club, staff, players and management in recent months and also due to the abuse she has suffered personally.
In her letter she was keen to stress that these behaviours were not those of most Hibernian fans but described it as ‘relentless’ and revealed that the abuse she has endured has at times forced her to seek legal and police advice.
She added: “I will always be proud to support this great club and know we have the right people in charge and looking after it.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege to be able to be called a Director of Hibernian Football Club.”
Numerous Hibs’ fans have taken to social media to demonstrated their support to the lifelong supporter and express their disgust at the people involved in the abuse.
Bruce Langham, the club’s Senior Non-Executive Director, has provided support for all of those who have put themselves forward for the role in recent years.
He said: “It is very disappointing and disheartening to lose Tracey, who has been an active, valuable, and hard-working member of the Board who has done her very best to represent the views of supporters at Board level.
“Supporters who behave in this way should realise there can be consequences, in this case the loss of a colleague who contributed greatly to improving communications between fans and the board.”