Advertisment
SPORT

Pitch invaders face automatic bans as football authorities clamp down on crowd trouble

Pitch invaders face automatic bans as football authorities clamp down on crowd trouble

By nation.cymru

10 months ago   1556 views

...

Concerns were raised about safety issues at football grounds following a series of incidents which marred the end of last season.

Supporters who carry or use pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will now receive an automatic club ban and offenders reported to the police, while clubs also face tougher policies and stronger sanctions.

The Football Supporters’ Association has backed the new measures, which are being jointly launched by the Football Association, Premier League and English Football League from the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in statement:

“The rise in anti-social behaviour that we saw in stadiums at the end of last season was entirely unacceptable and put people’s safety at risk.

“Together, English football has introduced new measures and stronger sanctions to send out a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of illegal and dangerous behaviour.

“It is the responsibility of everyone in the game, including governing bodies, clubs, players, coaches, and fans, to ensure that we all play our part in protecting our game and each other.”

Nottingham Forest fan Robert Biggs was jailed in May after headbutting Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp during the Championship play-offs, while Aston Villa keeper Robin Olsen was assaulted at Manchester City on the final day of the season.

In another high-profile incident during a pitch invasion, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira kicked out at an Everton supporter after being goaded at Goodison Park.

Football authorities are working with police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service “to establish a new principle” for cases relating to entering the pitch without permission, as well as incidents involving pyrotechnics and smoke bombs.

Other measures to be implemented include improved searching of individuals entering stadia, increased use of sniffer dogs, and working with social media platforms to quickly remove fan videos of illegal behaviour.

 Read the rest of this story on nation.cymru
Get involved (0 comments)

You must be signed in to comment. Sign up for a free account now.


Related or similar stories based on this one

Image for the article Hosepipe bans - what you need to know
Hosepipe bans - what you need to know

9 months ago

Image for the article Reception pupils in September to get free meals
Reception pupils in September to get free meals

11 months ago

Image for the article Teenagers urged to stay out of canals and rivers as the hot weather continues
Teenagers urged to stay out of canals and rivers as the hot weather continues

3 days ago

Advertisment
Follow us

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

   

Trending
Inquiry launched after body found in Llanidloes

5 hours ago 3816 views

Carnival call for volunteers

2 days ago 1996 views

Newtown woman refused drug test spared from ban

2 days ago 1704 views

Donate to us

We're a not-for-profit community interest company and have no corporate owners. We'd appreciate anything you can give to keep us providing free content.

  Donate via PayPal
Upcoming Events
Family River Workshop

31/05/23 10:00am Hafan yr Afon

Outdoor Festival 2023

03/06/23 09:00am Oriel Davies Gallery

Piano Recital with Paul Turner

04/06/23 03:00pm Oriel Davies Gallery

Latest Stories
 
What's on in the cinema this week?
 
Inquiry launched after body found in Llanidloes
 
Two players depart Robins