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Palace supremo underlines plans to stop Twitter abuse

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CRYSTAL Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has hit back at the abuse he has received on social networking site Twitter in recent weeks and on the back of last Sunday's defeat at Brighton.
In an exclusive interview on the subject of online abuse, Parish tells tomorrow's Croydon Advertiser what he plans to do if it continues, while he reveals a few Palace fans are still reeling about a former club legend.
He said: "I think I've been brave, and you can have any opinion you like, but the language and the vile and the abuse?
"And what worries me is that they think it's OK to talk to somebody like that.
"I won't come off Twitter and I won't block anyone, but I know Damien Delaney was getting grief on Sunday - I want to know who they are.
"I need a balanced view when I deal with the police, the council and other clubs when fans go away and give us a bad name.
"And some fans are still upset Dougie Freedman went and the way he went.
"I embrace every single fan, but I won't be abused by people and be expected to engage with them."
And the supremo has revealed that the fans who caused harm to innocent Charlton Athletic supporters at Sydenham train station in September 2007 are requesting to come back to home matches.
"It's a legal banning order and if they can get that overturned in court, it's then down to us whether we admit them back in," he said.
"Simon Jordan banned these people for life and I think that was the right decision."
Meanwhile, Parish says he enjoys having passionate fans on a matchday at Selhurst Park, especially a certain section behind the goal.
"I love the Holmesdale Fanatics and the atmosphere they create and everything – they're absolutely fantastic," he said.
"But, there are people who latch onto them that are there just to cause trouble – it's just not acceptable."
For the full-page interview with Parish, and it's not one to miss, check out Friday's Croydon Advertiser.
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