Premier League, EFL and Football Association announce tougher penalties for pitch invaders and flares as they crack down on anti-social behavior

Pitch invaders at Premier League and EFL matches will receive an automatic ban from the club as part of new measures to tackle rising anti-social behavior among supporters.

Concerns have been raised over security issues on football grounds following a series of incidents that marred the end of last season.

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was involved in an altercation on the final day of last season

There were also disturbing scenes after Everton's final home game of the season

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There were also disturbing scenes after Everton’s final home game of the season

Nottingham Forest fan Robert Biggs was jailed in May after head-butting Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp in the Championship play-offs, while Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted at Manchester City on the last day of the season.

Fans who carry or use pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will now receive an automatic club ban and offenders will be reported to the police, while clubs also face stricter policies and tougher penalties.

The Football Supporters’ Association has backed the new measures, which are launched jointly by the Football Association, the Premier League and the English Football League from the start of the 2022/23 campaign.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said in a statement: “The rise in anti-social behavior we saw in stadiums at the end of last season was completely unacceptable and put people’s safety at risk.

“Together, English football has introduced new measures and tougher penalties to send a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of illegal and dangerous behaviour.

“It is the responsibility of everyone in the game, including governing bodies, clubs, players, coaches and fans, to ensure that we all play our part in protecting our game and the each other.”


Sharp was attacked as Nottingham Forest fans celebrated arriving in the Championship play-off final

Sharp was attacked as Nottingham Forest fans celebrated arriving in the Championship play-off final

Football authorities are working with police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service “to establish a new principle” for cases related to entering the pitch without permission, as well as incidents involving pyrotechnics and smoke bombs.

Other measures to be implemented include improved tracing of people entering stadiums, increased use of sniffer dogs and working with social media platforms to quickly remove fan videos of illegal behavior.

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