Premier League to issue football-wide bans for pitch invaders next season | premier league
The Premier League must take further steps to avoid crowd problems next season, while guaranteeing the right to reasonably priced tickets for away supporters.
Stewards will be asked to accompany supporters on away trips and fans who invade the pitch will be subject not only to lifetime club bans, but also to the whole of football under plans announced by the club. ‘elite. A cap on away ticket prices, meanwhile, is to be written into Premier League regulations, with the cost remaining at £30 until 2025.
The announcements, which were made after the league’s annual general meeting, could be seen as an attempt to send a balanced message to fans on game day. Described by the league as “the cornerstone of the game”, their post-pandemic return reinvigorated the competition but also led to numerous instances of disorder that culminated in a series of late-season pitch invasions that put endanger players, coaches and the club. Personal.
“Supporters must be reminded that it is illegal to enter the pitch at any time,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. “To be clear, this area is unequivocal for the game of football and under no circumstances should players, managers, match officials or staff fear for their safety – just as fans should remain protected in the stands. Additionally, we have seen an increase in the use of pyrotechnics and missiles, which not only constitute a criminal offense but can also cause serious injury.
“These types of incidents must stop and new measures for next season will make this clear – the league fully supports club and football bans for offenders… [a] minority that behaves in an unacceptable way. Crowd behavior is an issue that we and our clubs are addressing urgently, together with partners and relevant authorities. »
The AGM followed a strategy meeting in Harrogate on Wednesday and the two featured discussions on strategic issues of concern: from ownership rules to the question of financial redistribution. Although there has been no formal resolution on these matters, it is understood that clubs support limiting the amount of debt that can be incurred by a club in the event of a takeover (a process known as leveraged buyout) while suggestions that the nation states are unlikely to be barred from buying into the league.
The Premier League plans to move forward with a new version of its criticized test for owners and administrators, with further discussions expected in the autumn. An Owners Pledge, which would commit individuals to support the principles of “sporting merit” and non-discrimination, is also expected to be signed in the coming months. The league also confirmed it would suspend its six-year television rights deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV, following the invasion of Ukraine.