London – Wednesday 09/21/2022 at 18:22
Spectators who run onto the pitch or set off pyrotechnics in English Premier League football will be banned from top-flight stadiums for at least a year with immediate effect.
The league announced this after a meeting with the clubs on Wednesday. If children or young people take part in it, the penalty also applies to adults or accompanying persons.
The English professional leagues had announced tougher penalties before the start of the season. Anyone who breaks the rules will be reported to the police, risk a criminal record and, in the worst case, even a prison sentence.
At the end of the pre-season in May there had been several storms. Nottingham Forest fans rushed onto the field after their team qualified for the play-off final for promotion to the Premier League.
A day later, Everton fans stormed the pitch after their club had managed to stay up. In both cases there were clashes with representatives of the opposing team.
At a #PL Shareholders’ meeting today, clubs unanimously agreed to introduce minimum-length bans for supporters who take part in anti-social and criminal behaviors at League stadiums
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 21, 2022