EPL clubs agree to minimum-length bans for invasions, smoke bombs | Football News

The supporters of premier league Teams that take part in anti-social and criminal behavior in stadiums will receive automatic club bans for a minimum of one year, the league announced on Wednesday after unanimously agreeing to the ruling.
Last season there was an increase in the number of pitch invasions at the end of the campaign as fans celebrated titles, promotion or survival with several altercations, including one involving crystal palace director Patrick Vieira.
Smoke and pyrotechnic bombs, which have long been used at games in continental Europe and around the world, were relatively rare in England, but their use has become more regular.

“Supporters caught carrying or activating pyrotechnics or smoke bombs, or entering the pitch without permission, will receive an automatic club ban for a minimum of one year,” the statement said. league in a press release after its general meeting.
“These prohibitions could also be extended to parents or guardians accompanying children who participate in such activities. This policy is effective immediately and the prohibition applies to home and away matches.”
In July, the Premier League and English Football League said stiff penalties would be in place for pitch invasions and the use of smoke bombs and pyrotechnics from the 2022-23 season.
leagues and soccer association had stated that “all identified offenders will be reported by the clubs to the police and prosecution could result in a permanent criminal record, which could affect their employment and education, and could result in a prison sentence”.

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