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A message from the safety officer ahead of the play-off semi-final second leg

10 May 2024

Club News

A message from the safety officer ahead of the play-off semi-final second leg

10 May 2024

As you are no doubt aware, our last home fixture against Barrow was delayed following pitch incursions in the aftermath of our goals.

These incursions came despite clear and repeated warnings that doing so is a criminal offence and anyone caught would receive a club ban.

Multiple supporters were identified and banning orders well into double figures have been issued for up to three seasons. Work continues to identify others who entered the field of play during the match and they too will receive club bans in due course.

While these acts were in celebration, the possible results of a player being assaulted or attacked could see the club suffer severe repercussions from the EFL and Football Association.

We are indeed under investigation by the FA for the Barrow pitch incursions and another incident from the Accrington Stanley fixture.

To reiterate, Section 4 of the Football Offences Act 1991 states:

‘It is an offence for a person at a designated football match to go onto the playing area, or any area adjacent to the playing area to which spectators are not generally admitted, without lawful authority or lawful excuse (which shall be for that person to prove).’

We would ask our supporters to stay in the stands at all times. We reiterate that encroachment on the pitch is a criminal offence and will result in arrest and a possible criminal record, as well as a lengthy ban from attending Rovers matches.

Tonight may not be the end of our campaign but if you enter the playing surface this evening, you will not be attending any more matches this season or in forthcoming seasons.

Your support has been incredible - keep it that way.

Remember - the pitch is for the players, the stands are for supporters.

Love football, protect the game.

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