Attacks reported – “Unacceptable”: Formula 1 warns Spielberg fans


So far, several sexist, racist and also homophobic incidents have been reported by fans around the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Over the weekend, messages were posted on Twitter that reportedly mostly centered on women who have been verbally or physically harassed on the ring grounds. Formula 1 is already in contact with the organizer and the security service, it is said.

Now the organizers have commented on this as well. Formula 1 said on its official Twitter channel that “completely unacceptable comments” had been detected. “This behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” it said on Sunday.

Formula 1 is already in contact with the organizer and the security service and also wants to talk to people who have reported these incidents.

On Twitter, several apparently female users reported suggestive statements, phone calls, whistles, gestures or assaults. But other user posts on Twitter also describe unpleasant situations among fans towards young women in Spielberg.

Women’s Twitter Posts
Posts like “A young girl in front of me got kicked out and a couple of mostly drunk men just stared at the young women. For me this is definitely the last #AustrianGP.” or “The girl who sells ice cream (ie WORKS) is constantly harassed by older drunken men. It’s terrible,” users wrote on Twitter.

No incidents reported to the police so far
Police said no attacks or incidents of this sort were reported to officials. Manuela Machner, director of Murtal Tourismus, explains that her approximately twelve employees, who wear traditional costumes, have had no problems with fans so far. “Of course there are verdicts, but nothing below the belt and certainly no sexual assaults – not even from the drunks.” Most women in dirndl – the fans call them “Heidis” – want a photo.

Source: Krone


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