The Ashton Gate Club have confirmed that one of their contractors will be removing the offending graffiti this afternoon and that if the perpetrators of this act of vandalism are found to be Bristol City supporters, they will be banned from Ashton Gate.
Bristol City released the following statement: "Bristol City Football Club are appalled to hear a minority of so-called City supporters have desecrated the Memorial Gates.
We join Bristol Rovers Football Club and the wider Bristol sporting community in condemning this action.
Anyone found guilty of carrying out this mindless act of vandalism will face a lifetime ban from Ashton Gate.
In the spirit of Christmas, we are working with Rovers to ensure that the graffiti is removed as soon as possible.
Bristol City Executive Director"