Baltimore Sun

English soccer fans face new rules


Soccer fans who run onto the field or use objects like smoke bombs and pyrotechni­cs at matches in England will receive an automatic ban from clubs under new measures announced Monday to tackle increased anti-social behavior. Concerns were raised about safety issues inside stadiums following a series of incidents which marred the end of last season in the Premier League and lower leagues. Among them, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira, pictured, kicked at an Everton fan who was taunting him during a field invasion at Goodison Park and Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was headbutted in the face by a Nottingham Forest fan at the end of a playoff game in the second-tier Championsh­ip. “The rise in anti-social behavior that we saw in stadiums at the end of last season was entirely unacceptab­le and put people’s safety at risk,” said Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the Football Associatio­n. “Together, English football has introduced new measures and stronger sanctions to send out a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of illegal and dangerous behavior.”

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