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 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.
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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.
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