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CLUB STATEMENT: Town ban pair for invading pitch during Newport game

Football club takes action after incident at SN1 last week…

11 October 2022

Club News

CLUB STATEMENT: Town ban pair for invading pitch during Newport game

Football club takes action after incident at SN1 last week…

11 October 2022

Swindon Town Football Club can confirm it has issued two individuals who invaded the pitch during the second half of our League Two fixture at home to Newport County last week with bans.

The pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entered the field of play with five minutes remaining of the tie last Tuesday, forcing the referee to call a halt to proceedings until they were removed by stewards.

As a result of the incident, the football club has been investigated by the Football Association and cooperated fully with their enquiries.

The two individuals have now been issued with bans from The County Ground until the end of the current season, in line with EFL guidance.

Town Chief Executive, Rob Angus, said: “Following the incident during our last home game, we have taken the necessary action to ban the two individuals involved, working alongside the EFL to ensure we take the hardest line of action we can.

“This type of behaviour by so-called ‘fans’ will not be tolerated here at The County Ground, as it puts our players, match officials and others at risk.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind anyone attending a fixture at SN1 that it’s a criminal offence to enter the pitch without lawful excuse, and offenders will be reported to the police and prosecuted.

“The football club will continue working with the EFL to ensure our stadium is the safest it can possibly be on a matchday and that this type of behaviour is stamped out.

“The support and atmosphere you, our supporters, create every time you attend a County Ground fixture is fantastic, but the safety of everyone is our priority at all times, and this includes players and officials.”


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