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Statement: Fan behaviour

Governing bodies issue message ahead of festive fixtures

24 December 2023

Club News

Statement: Fan behaviour

Governing bodies issue message ahead of festive fixtures

24 December 2023

Heading into an exciting run of festive fixtures, we support the following statement from the EFL and wider football community.

As we go into the busy festive period of football matches when, traditionally, many families and friends will come together to enjoy the game, the FA, Premier League and EFL are calling on supporters to act responsibly when attending fixtures.  

Following incidents at recent fixtures, fans are reminded to show their support in a positive way to ensure football matches are safe and enjoyable for all.  
  
Nobody should be at risk of harm at a football match. Tough measures and sanctions are in place across all English football leagues to tackle dangerous and illegal behaviours within football grounds, such as discriminatory behaviour, entering the pitch, using pyros and throwing objects. The very small number of individuals who engage in these acts are reminded that identification could lead to automatic club bans and police action.  
  
The FA, Premier League and EFL will continue to promote the ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign, working with clubs, police forces and all relevant authorities to keep matchday environments safe.

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “The festive period is a hugely enjoyable part of the English football calendar with thousands of supporters attending matches up and down the country.  

"Unfortunately, there have been several incidents in recent matches, caused by a small minority of spectators, which have been dangerous and affect the safety of everybody. 

"We want supporters to be able to create a positive and supportive atmosphere and work with clubs to help stamp out the behaviour which is damaging to the safety and enjoyment of others.

"Our game is famous for supporters creating a passionate and emotional atmosphere, but it should not be to the detriment, safety and enjoyment of others. The football authorities, clubs and police are united in their efforts to clamp down on this unwanted behaviour.

"Please respect others' wishes to experience the festive football in a safe and enjoyable environment."


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