Report: Premier League introduces tougher restrictions for ‘antisocial’ fans

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The Premier League has announced a number of new measures in order to stamp out antisocial behaviour ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Due to a number of unsavoury pitch invasion incidents occurring last season, including Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera being harassed after his side slipped to defeat against Everton (National World), and Billy Sharp being headbutted by a Nottingham Forest fan (BBC), the English game has clamped down on fans entering the pitch.

Fans who now enter the pitch without permission will receive an automatic ban from their club which may also be issued to accompanying parents/guardians in the case of child offenders (Premier League).

The same punishment will be handed to those who are found to be using pyrotechnics and/or smoke bombs during matches (Premier League).

There are further measures to deal with those who are identified to be throwing objects, taking part in discriminatory behaviour, and drug taking.

Richard Masters, Chief Executive of the Premier League relayed his thoughts on the new legislation: “Everyone should feel safe and able to enjoy a football match.

“Together, with clubs and partners across football, we are making clear the type of incidents we saw last season must stop. If we don’t take collective and sustained action, it may only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured, or worse.

“These new measures are a strong response to a significant increase in fan behaviour issues, but we know it is the minority who have behaved unacceptably and unlawfully.

“Premier League football should be a fantastic experience for everyone and we don’t want matches to be marred by these sorts of events in the future.”

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It was clear towards the end of the season that the English game needed to toughen their approach to antisocial behaviour in the stands.

These new rules will hopefully help keep both players and supporters safe at games and dissuade the troublemakers from spoiling our beautiful game.

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