FA issues update following “unacceptable” pitch invasions

Chelsea fans pitch invasion

The FA have released a statement following recent pitch invasions.

Following a series of incidents that have occurred over the last few days, pitch invasions have become a cause for concern as league seasons come to an end.

After Patrick Vieira’s incident with a fan and Billy Sharp’s assault, the FA have felt the need to release a statement on the matter.

“We are very concerned about the rise in anti-social behaviour from fans as we reach the end of the season,” read the statement.

“Football stadiums should always be a safe and enjoyable space for everyone, and these incidents are completely unacceptable and have no place in our game.

“It is illegal to enter the pitch area in any stadium and these actions are putting players, fans and people who run the game at great risk. This simply cannot continue and we can confirm that we are investigating all of the incidences.”

What needs to be done?

While the FA have claimed that they will assist clubs in any capacity they can, they have also claimed that it’s the clubs that need to deal with the situation.

“Clubs play a vital role in addressing this issue and they need to prevent pitch invasions from occurring, as well as taking their own action against those that break the rules and the law.

“The FA will be seeking to do all that it can to work with clubs as well as address the issues from a disciplinary perspective.

“We are also reviewing our regulations to help stamp this behaviour out and to ensure the safety of everyone inside a stadium.”

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