Premier League sides have collated their thoughts at an annual general meeting to discuss the issue of fan behaviour. Club officials agreed to introduce enhanced measures ahead of the start of next season, underlining the importance of a safe matchday environment.
The new set of actions – which will affect Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, among other clubs – will tackle a range of challenges – including missiles, pyrotechnics and pitch invasions. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “It is vital that everyone feels safe at a football match.
“Supporters must be reminded it is illegal to enter the pitch at any time. To be clear, this area is unequivocally for football and, under no circumstance should players, managers, match officials or staff fear for their safety – just as fans should remain protected in the stands.
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“In addition, we have seen an increase in the use of pyrotechnics and missiles, both of which are not only a criminal offence, but can cause serious injury. These type of incidents must stop and new measures for next season will make that clear – the League fully supports club and football-wide bans for offenders.
“It is the minority who are behaving unacceptably and they risk ruining the matchday experience for the vast majority of law-abiding fans. Crowd behaviour is an issue we and our clubs are addressing as a matter of urgency, in collaboration with partners and relevant authorities.”
As part of the Premier League’s statement on the meeting, the competition officials announced that, as a first step, visiting sides will supply stewards for away bouts in a bid to ‘improve safety’ and ‘provide support’.
The Premier League added that they will continue to work with The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA and FSA, as well as other authorities too, to address fan behaviour. The decision comes a few weeks after the 2022 UEFA Champions League final in France when fan behaviour was questioned, despite widespread reports holding local authorities in Paris accountable.