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[Football] Pitch invaders - you have been warned!



Shooting Star

Well-known member
Apr 29, 2011
2,872
Suffolk
Put it into perspective old chap! A celebratory proclamation of a once in a lifetime promotion is totally different to some knob running onto to the pitch to either antagonise opposition fans or lump an opposing player or being a complete ‘look at me tw*t’. Any of those committed and he deserves everything that comes to him.

But that's exactly what the poster you quoted is pointing out - under these new rules, even the "once in a lifetime promotion" pitch invaders risk getting banned.

I personally think this situation has been influenced by a) those 'look at me tw*t' idiots who assaulted players and b) media hype. The former occassioned the latter, to a point where the media have made us believe that these pitch invasions are becoming an increasing occurrence. Have they really increased? Ever since I've been going to football (1997) there have been pitch invasions throughout all the leagues (less so in the Prem) for promotion, relegation survival, even by those who were relegated and for playoff semi-final winners. Where has the increase been? I really don't think there has.

What there has potentially been an increase in is offences committed during pitch invasions, which this new law seems to tackle. Is it enforceable if a couple of thousand fans invade the pitch? It's yet to be seen. If it isn't, then it's no different to the pitch invader of five years ago who would have been banned for running on the pitch solo. That's always been the pitch invasion gamble - if no one joins in you get banned, but if 2000 join you you're fine. If it is enforceable, then fair enough, but yet again it's the tiny minority of idiots spoiling the joy for the majority. Would the Wigan promotion scenes have been nearly as special if there hadn't been an invasion, causing the players to celebrate in the boxes? I think not.
 






Mellotron

I've asked for soup
Jul 2, 2008
32,148
Brighton
Put it into perspective old chap! A celebratory proclamation of a once in a lifetime promotion is totally different to some knob running onto to the pitch to either antagonise opposition fans or lump an opposing player or being a complete ‘look at me tw*t’. Any of those committed and he deserves everything that comes to him.

This. You have to assume these bans are aimed to deter the latter specifically, even if they wouldn’t ever say it publicly.
 


drew

Drew
Oct 3, 2006
23,281
Burgess Hill
A celebratory invasion for a promotion was illegal but probably acceptable however the morons that caused problems at the end of last season have spoilt it for everyone else.
 


drew

Drew
Oct 3, 2006
23,281
Burgess Hill
Fair enough for pitch invasions and for flares, but personally I like the drama of smoke bombs and don't see the harm in them...

Then you should open your eyes a bit more. At Wolves, fans at the very back of the stand were lobbing them into Brighton fans in front of them because they couldn't reach the pitch. Utter twunts.

And besides, you really think a smoke bomb is dramatic?
 




Napper

Well-known member
Jul 9, 2003
24,050
Sussex
Understand the pitch invaders as been some bell ends lately. Doubt will change anything for promotion pitch invaders .

Quite like the flares and smoke bombs personally.
 


brighton_tom

Well-known member
Jul 23, 2008
5,203
Goodison Park will be a lonely place after all the Everton fans are banned for a pitch invasion after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.
 






RM-Taylor

He's Magic.... You Know
Jan 7, 2006
15,279
Be warned. 4 Nottingham Forest fans at the FA Youth Cup at the end of last season let of smoke bombs. It took about 10 mins to identify their seat number, escort them from the ground and into the hands of the police waiting outside. Police prosecuted (largely at the request of the club) and 3 out of the 4 received long football banning orders. They weren't hooligans, they were an otherwise law abiding family group.

It's not worth the risk.

I’m too old now by a fair few years. But the 18 year olds at the away games always have them.
 


Worthing exile

New member
May 12, 2009
1,219
Surely also impossible to identify if it's thousands of fans. Easy enough if it's one or two and I suppose the stricter penalties if enforced will act as a deterrent

Yes it is impossible to identify everyone on the pitch but the more identified and banned, the better the deterrent next time.
 








Thunder Bolt

Silly old bat
A celebratory invasion for a promotion was illegal but probably acceptable however the morons that caused problems at the end of last season have spoilt it for everyone else.

The club were fined in 2017 for failing to control the fans.
 


ATFC Seagull

Aberystwyth Town FC
Jul 27, 2004
5,320
(North) Portslade
The club were fined in 2017 for failing to control the fans.

Yeah but no one cared. Let's not re-write history here.

For what it's worth, I agree with the post that says it's behaviour ON the pitch, not the act of BEING on the pitch, that is the issue here. And whilst they can't legislate for this, I hope in effect it's only enforced for small incursions rather than promotion/relegation celebrations.
 






Perkino

Well-known member
Dec 11, 2009
6,010
There has been an increase in idiots getting onto the pitch and players being attacked by 'fans'. The Amex has history of arrests and bans for those who encroach onto the pitch during celebration so nothing new for us. Hopefully less time spent waiting for the debacle to be dealt with
 


Guinness Boy

Tofu eating wokerati
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Jul 23, 2003
35,589
Up and Coming Sunny Portslade
Any team who’s fans chuck pyro to disrupt a set piece, penalty or goal scoring chance like Palace did should be deducted points


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Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
NSC Patron
Oct 8, 2003
53,190
Faversham
Fair enough for pitch invasions and for flares, but personally I like the drama of smoke bombs and don't see the harm in them...

<sigh> this has been done to death. Read posts by people with respiratory issues.

There is harm in them.

And it's c'ntish.
 




Harry Wilson's tackle

Harry Wilson's Tackle
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Oct 8, 2003
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Any team who’s fans chuck pyro to disrupt a set piece, penalty or goal scoring chance like Palace did should be deducted points


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This. I can't see the harm in a points deduction.
 


Easy 10

Brain dead MUG SHEEP
Jul 5, 2003
61,966
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Any team who’s fans chuck pyro to disrupt a set piece, penalty or goal scoring chance like Palace did should be deducted points


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Dangerous precedent - who knows where the loyalties lie for the herbert chucking pyros onto the pitch ? That could easily be open to manipulation, especially at the sharp end of the season.

Its a shame, but the actions of the coked-up goons at the tail end of last season have basically ruined what was previously a harmless spontaneous expression of celebration for thousands of fans. The authorities are right to clamp down on it, its jut gotten too bloody dangerous for players and officials now when the mob descends onto the pitch.

ANY dilbert who takes it upon himself to invade the pitch during a match deserves everything he gets. Ideally a good kicking, for starters.
 


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