The UK FA will review regulations following recent incidents of “antisocial” fan behavior
“It is illegal to enter the pitch at any stadium and these actions are putting players, fans and people running the game at risk. This simply cannot continue and we can confirm that we are investigating all incidents.”
On Thursday, hundreds of spectators flooded Liverpool’s Goodison Park pitch after Everton averted relegation from the Premier League with a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace. Several people were arrested according to Merseyside police. The post-match scrum included an incident between Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera and a fan.
A video posted on social media appeared to show a fan making fun of Viera who responded with a kick at the fan. Viera was not arrested and said he had “nothing to say” when asked about the incident at the post-match press conference.
Merseyside police confirmed that they are investigating an on-pitch altercation saying: “We are working with Everton FC to collect all available CCTV footage and are talking to witnesses.”
At the start of the match, dozens of Everton fans flooded the pitch after Everton’s third goal in the 85th minute gave their team the lead.
The FA and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) have both called on football teams to do more to prevent future accidents.
“Since returning from the block, police data shows that fan nuisance incidents are on the rise, and this has coincided with an increase in player assaults by fans,” a PFA spokesperson said Friday.
“While the broader issue of increasing fan disturbance requires a coordinated and long-term strategy, clubs, leagues and police must immediately focus on stopping large-scale field invasions.
“The invasion of the pitch is against the law. While most fans can celebrate, it is clear that for a minority this behavior becomes toxic, aggressive and dangerous. This scenario has led to an unsafe environment for players and players. the personal club. People risk being seriously injured or worse. Football authorities need to be tough and send a clear message. These are predictable events, it is a criminal offense and it is unacceptable, “he concluded.
There was another case of fans invading a field on Thursday night. After Port Vale’s victory over Swindon Town to secure promotion to the League Two play-off final, Port Vale fans celebrated by charging at home. Opposing Swindon players were “physically and verbally abused” during the incident, their manager Ben Garner told Sky Sports News.
“The club will not tolerate such irresponsible behavior and remains committed to taking the strongest possible action against anyone found guilty of being involved in criminal activity, including blocking people from future matches,” Port Vale said in a statement after. the match.
The two incidents follow the rise in pitch invasions during English football matches over the past month, according to the PFA. Similar incidents have occurred in Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield, Oldham, Fulham, Bristol Rovers and Bournemouth.
According to the PFA, Nottingham Forest supporter Robert Biggs was sentenced to 24 weeks in jail Thursday for deliberately accusing Sheffield United player Billy Sharp. Biggs pleaded guilty to assault for headbutting Sharp following a pitch invasion at the end of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg on May 17.
Separately, a Northampton fan broke into Mansfield’s Jordan Bowery during the play-off second leg of Sky Bet League Two on May 18, according to PFA. The moment happened towards the end of the match in which the visiting Cervi won 1-0.