Fans who invade the pitch face a ban from Premier League games

Fans who invade the pitch face a ban from Premier League games

Premier League clubs have agreed to give pitch-invading fans a minimum one-year ban from their team’s home and away games.

Fans found guilty of entering the field without permission or using smoke bombs and other pyrotechnics will receive an automatic 12-month suspension.

Prohibitions could also extend to accompanying parents or guardians of children participating in such activities.

In response to a series of dangerous pitch invasions in the Premier League and lower leagues last season, England’s top division clubs met in London on Wednesday in a bid to find a solution to the growing problem.

The policy takes effect immediately, with the next round of Premier League matches scheduled for the weekend of October 1-2.

“At a Premier League shareholder meeting today, the clubs unanimously agreed to introduce minimum duration bans on supporters engaging in anti-social and criminal conduct in league stadiums,” a Premier League statement said.

“Fans caught carrying or activating fireworks or smoke bombs, or entering the field of play without authorization, will receive an automatic ban from the club for a minimum duration of one year.

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira lashed out at an Everton fan after being egged on by fans who ran onto the pitch following his team’s victory at Goodison Park last year.

There were also ugly scenes when fans swarmed the pitch after the Nottingham Forest Championship play-off semi-final victory against Sheffield United in May.

Blades forward Billy Sharp was rammed by a Forest fan, who was subsequently jailed for 24 weeks and given a 10-year ban from football.

A Leicester fan ran onto the pitch and attempted to hit Nottingham Forest players during an FA Cup tie in February.

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