October 4, 2022
Fans attacking the pitch face ban from Premier League games

Premier League clubs have agreed to ban pitch-invading fans for a minimum of one year.© AFP

Premier League clubs have agreed to ban fans who attack the pitch for at least one year from their team’s home and away matches. Supporters who are found guilty of entering the pitch without permission or using smoke bombs and other pyrotechnics will automatically receive a 12-month suspension. The ban can also be extended to parents or guardians of children participating in such activities. England’s top-flight clubs met in London on Wednesday to find a solution to the growing problem, in response to dangerous pitch attacks in the Premier League and lower leagues last season.

The policy comes into effect immediately, with the next round of Premier League matches slated for the weekend of 1 and 2 October.

“At today’s Premier League shareholders’ meeting, clubs unanimously agreed to impose minimum length restrictions for supporters who engage in anti-social and criminal behavior in league stadiums,” a Premier League statement said.

“Fans carrying or activating fireworks or smoke bombs or entering the pitch without permission will receive an automatic club ban with a minimum period of one year.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has attacked an Everton supporter after being booed by fans running to the pitch following his side’s win at Goodison Park last stint.

There were still ugly scenes as fans stormed the pitch following their Nottingham Forest Championship play-off semi-final win against Sheffield United in May.

Blades striker Billy Sharp was bitten by a Forest fan, who was later jailed for 24 weeks and ordered a 10-year football ban.


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

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