Fans of Premier League clubs who engage in anti-social and criminal behavior at stadiums will be automatically banned from their clubs for a minimum of one year, the Premier League announced today following a unanimous decision.
Last season saw a rise in the number of end-of-season stadium invasions as fans celebrated titles, promotion or stay, with several controversies including that of Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira.
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Smoke bombs and flares, more commonly used in stadiums in Europe and around the world, were relatively rare in England, but their use has become more regular.
“Fans caught carrying or setting off fireworks or smoke detectors or entering the pitch without permission will receive an automatic club ban of a minimum of one year,” the league said in a statement after its shareholders’ meeting.
“These prohibitions could also extend to accompanying parents or guardians of children participating in such activities. This policy is effective immediately and the ban applies to both home and away matches.”
In July, the Premier League and the English Football League announced that there would be tough penalties for fan trespasses and the use of smoke and flares from the 2022-23 season, saying “all identified offenders will be reported by clubs to the police and the prosecution, which could lead to a permanent criminal record, which can affect their work and education and lead to a prison sentence.”
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