Fans who threw smoke bombs, pyrotechnics or invaded the pitch at Premier League matches face a ban of at least a year, with all 20 clubs voting unanimously in favor of new measures


Fans who abandon smoke bombs, pyrotechnics or invade the pitch at Premier League matches risk a ban from their club for at least a year.

The 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed to introduce the measures as part of a crackdown on anti-social and criminal behavior inside stadiums.

The new measures were introduced with a spike in anti-social behavior on pitches across the country towards the end of last season
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The new policy is effective immediately with the ban applicable to home and away games and potentially parents and legal guardians of children who participate in such activities.

‘At a Premier League shareholders’ meeting today, clubs unanimously agreed to introduce minimum duration bans for fans who take part in anti-social and criminal behavior in league stadiums’ , says a press release.

“Fans caught carrying or activating pyrotechnics or smoke bombs, or entering the pitch without permission, will receive an automatic club ban for a minimum of one year.

“These prohibitions could also be extended to parents or guardians accompanying children who participate in such activities.

“This policy is effective immediately and the ban applies to home and away matches.”

Incidents of fans rushing onto the pitch have increased, raising concerns about the safety of footballers.


Fans who threw smoke bombs, pyrotechnics or invaded the pitch at Premier League matches face a ban of at least a year, with all 20 clubs voting unanimously in favor of new measures
One of the most sickening incidents of last season saw Billy Sharp come under attack as Nottingham Forest fans celebrated their arrival in the Play-Off final

A Nottingham Forest fan has been sent to jail for assaulting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp after last season’s Championship play-off semi-final.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira kicked an Everton fan pushing him while filming the confrontation during a pitch invasion at Goodison Park.

A Leicester fan ran onto the pitch and punched Forest players celebrating a goal in their FA Cup tie at the City Ground in February.

Fans who threw smoke bombs, pyrotechnics or invaded the pitch at Premier League matches face a ban of at least a year, with all 20 clubs voting unanimously in favor of new measures
Leicester fan handed 10-year football banning order
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It has been an offense to enter the pitch without permission since 1991, however, this rule tends to be ignored when a club is celebrating promotion or avoiding relegation.

The use of smoke bombs and flares in the stands has increased at all levels of the game during goal celebrations.

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