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Wanderers support new approach to ensure safer matchdays

25 July 2022

Wanderers are backing a new football-wide initiative aimed at making all fans feel safe at matches.

We are supporting new measures and stronger sanctions from the FA, Premier League and EFL to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviour and underline the importance of a safe matchday environment.

Every football fan should feel safe when watching their team.

But last season we saw a minority of supporters ruining the game for others.

That’s why Wanderers are building on our own initiatives launched last season and supporting the measures across football to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviours within football grounds.

The new set of actions, which will be implemented across all English football leagues from the start of season 2022/23 and backed by the Football Supporters’ Association, will target activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects - as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour. 

All of these are illegal, dangerous and have no place in our game. For everyone’s safety, clubs will report anyone carrying out these offences to the police, which can result in a permanent criminal record.

These measures could also now apply to the parents or guardians of children involved in these activities.

From the start of the 2022/23 season, anyone who enters the pitch and those carrying or using smoke bombs and pyros will now automatically be banned by their club.

The football authorities are working with clubs and the Football Supporters’ Association to make sure everyone feels safe on matchdays.

We ask all fans to come together to show that those who commit these illegal acts do not represent the majority of supporters.

Love Football. Protect the Game.


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