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EFL Statement: Pitch Incursions

26 April 2019

The EFL has reminded Clubs and their supporters as to the potential safety implications and consequences that could occur as a result of pitch incursions taking place at any stage during the remaining League fixtures of the 2018/19 season.

The EFL understands that the end-of-season fixtures are charged with emotion, as supporters experience the highs and lows of a league campaign finale. However, with final home League matches taking place over the weekends of 27th / 28th April and 4th / 5th May, the safety of players, managers, fans and match officials must remain of paramount importance.

Supporters who encroach on the pitch risk facing a banning order as well as a criminal conviction, while the Club they support could also face a fine.

Celebrations in the form of a ‘lap of honour’ upon the completion of a Club’s final home League fixture could also be hindered, with players and staff unable to take to the pitch in the event of a pitch incursion.

Supporters are advised to enjoy the occasion, but be wary of the potential repercussions for entering the field of play.


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