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    EVERTON have been charged for the pitch invasions which marred their crunch Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on May 19. Fans raced onto the field at Goodison Park after the 3-2 victory over the Eagles guaranteed their top-flight survival. 2Everton have been charged for the pitch invasions which marred their win over Crystal PalaceCredit: Getty 2Patrick Vieira got into a confrontation with a fan on the pitchCredit: Twitter One individual then got into an angry altercation with Palace manager Patrick Vieira. The former Arsenal superstar was walking across Everton’s pitch when he was confronted by a goading home supporter. Ahd he ended up knocking the fan to the ground. In video footage that emerged of the incident, the Everton fan appeared to say to Vieira: “Suck on that you muppet, get in! F*** off!” The fan could also be seen putting his middle finger up at the Palace boss before Vieira grabbed him and kicked him to the ground. Merseyside police confirmed that the Frenchman would not face any action. And the Football Association also later confirmed that they...
    A FRENCH football chief has revealed his fears over fan safety at football games after a season of pitch invasions and "criminal" fan behavior in Ligue 1. The top division of French football has seen a number of high-profile incidents this season. 3Chaos ensued after St Etienne lost their place in Ligue 1 after a penalty shoot-out defeat to AuxerreCredit: AFP 3Football chief Vincent Labrune said it was a 'miracle' no one had been killed in the incidentCredit: AFP 3Former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has been caught up in multiple incidents over the last yearCredit: Reuters Pitch invasions, objects being thrown at players, and fans attacking their own team are just some of the scenes that have blighted the game this season. One of the worst moments came when St Etienne fans launched flares at their own players and stormed the pitch after they lost a relegation play-off to AJ Auxerre last month on penalties. Speaking to L'Equipe, French football league chief Vincent Labrune warned of the safety of the sport if the current trend continues, and...
    FOOTBALL fans could be allowed to stand on the terraces in time for the start of the new season despite a spate of recent pitch invasions. Sports minister Nigel Huddlestone said he was "minded to change the existing all-seater policy” so that safe standing can be introduced. 1Football fans in the UK could soon be returning to the terraces just like these Dortmund supportersCredit: Getty He said that safety checks at certain games had been successful and shown to be safe and would hand out licences to club intime for the new season. He said that “celebrations are more orderly with no opportunity for forwards and backwards movement” and it was “easier to identify pockets of overcrowding” and that “barriers offer stability for people moving up and down aisles and gangways.” It comes after The Sun revealed a top cop was among thousands of Bournemouth supporters who surged onto the pitch when they were promoted. Sarah Derbyshire, 49, and two colleagues were spotted on the turf at the good-natured May 3 celebrations despite it being illegal for fans to...
    POLICE scouring CCTV film of a pitch invasion spotted a jubilant off-duty top cop on the turf. Supt Sarah Derbyshire, 49, was celebrating Bournemouth’s Prem promotion on May 3 — the first in a plague of similar incidents which included players being assaulted. 4Top cop Sarah Derbyshire and two colleagues joined thousands of other Bournemouth supporters in a mass surge onto the turfCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 4The good-natured May 3 celebrations heralded a string of similar invasions across the countryCredit: Getty The superintendent was one of three off-duty police officers spotted celebrating as part of a pitch invasion. Top cop Sarah Derby­shire and two colleagues joined thousands of other Bournemouth supporters in a mass surge on to the turf, with smoke bombs let off. The good-natured May 3 celebrations heralded a string of similar invasions across the country — but these have seen players assaulted and managers caught in skirmishes. It is illegal for fans to enter a pitch “without lawful authority or lawful excuse”. But stunned colleagues monitoring CCTV saw Supt Derbyshire, of Dorset Police, celebrating...
    PENALTY TIME THE terrifying spate of pitch invasions and assaults on players must be crushed by football bosses and clubs. Jubilation is understandable after tense and crucial games at the climax of the season. But a hardcore of fans, drunk, coke-fuelled or both, have lost the plot. 1The terrifying spate of pitch invasions and assaults on players must be crushed by football bosses and clubs The headbutting of Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp was sickening. So was the goading of Palace boss Patrick Vieira by an Everton fan. The violent intimidation of Swindon players by a Port Vale mob was genuinely frightening. Pitch invasions are illegal. But we can neither enforce that with fences nor expect a handful of poorly-paid stewards to hold back a tide of rampant fans. It falls to clubs to get tough . . . with long bans, even life bans for the worst offenders. Police must arrest and prosecute more of those whose on-pitch antics go beyond giddy celebration. Read more on pitch invasionsFOOTIE SHAME Fan jailed & banned from every game for 10yrs...
    THE FA has warned football fans not to stage more pitch invasions as the Premier League reaches it climax tomorrow. They vowed to stamp out the behaviour after Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira found himself at the centre of the latest hooligan attack to shame the beautiful game. 5Pitch invasions are chaotic and unsafe for players and staffCredit: PA The  former France and Arsenal superstar was walking across Everton’s pitch on Thursday when he was confronted by a goading home supporter but ended up knocking the fan to the ground. The Goodison Park incident came after Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp was butted  during a pitch invasion at the end of his team’s Championship play-offs defeat at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. There were also confrontations between fans and players after this week’s League Two play-off clashes at Port Vale and Northampton. They are the latest in a series of pitch invasions that have   returned to English football. Geoff Pearson, a professor of law at the University of Manchester who researches crowd behaviour, said recent lockdowns had caused a “deterioration in...
    PITCH INVASIONS are becoming a huge problem. And I want to use this article to plead with the FA and the Premier League to seriously look into this. Right now, they are putting players and managers in really difficult situations. 5Patrick Vieira kicked a fan to the ground after he was verbally abused on the pitch at Goodison Park 5A man was jailed and banned from football for ten years after a vicious headbutt on Sheffield United striker Billy SharpCredit: Sky Sports 5Sharp's team-mate Oli McBurnie was accused of 'stamping' on a Nottingham Forest fanCredit: Twitter 5Port Vale defender Mandela Egbo blasted 'scummy' Swindon fans after he was involved in a fight on the pitch In this country, we are always reactive rather than proactive. So, do something about it . . . before someone is killed. These invasions have become a growing trend over the last couple of weeks and what we have seen is an undying need from a small percentage of idiots to go that one step further. When I saw the footage of Patrick Vieira reacting to and kicking an...
    PREMIER LEAGUE bosses fear a ‘tragedy’ unless ugly pitch invasions are stopped. Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira kicked out at a fan who taunted him on Everton’s pitch. 3Patrick Vieira was embroiled in a spat with an Everton fan last nightCredit: pixel8000 3Eddie Howe fears their could be 'terrible consequences' if invasions continueCredit: PA And now players, managers and officials on red alert going into tomorrow’s final day of the season. Eddie Howe says there could be ‘terrible consequences’ if fans are not stopped Jurgen Klopp criticised fathers who are taking their children on to pitches FA chiefs have told clubs they will face serious consequences if invasions aren’t stopped The head of football policing blasted the ‘unacceptable rise in incidents READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTransfer news live PSG confident Mbappe will STAY, Henderson 'on verge of Newcastle move' Newcastle boss Howe is dreading another invasion at Burnley on Sunday if they avoid relegation. The dugouts at Turf Moor are on the other side of the pitch from the safety of the tunnel....
    PITCH INVASIONS are often jubilant affairs and an occasion for supporters to celebrate but sometimes they end up turning nasty. Patrick Vieira being goaded into attacking an Everton fan was just the latest example after a week in which several players have been assaulted by fans. 14Patrick Vieira kicks out at an Everton fan after fans storm the pitchCredit: pixel8000 14Swindon Town players were mobbed and assaulted by Port Vale fans at the end of their semi-final play-off defeatCredit: Rex 14Kinsey Wolanski famously streaked at the Champions League final in 2019Credit: Getty 14An elderly couple join in with pitch celebrations following Leyton Orient's League One play-off semi-final in 2014Credit: Instagram / @joannatongue Emotion amongst fans runs high at the business end of the season, with the play-offs a particular trigger for some. In fact, this week there has been a pitch invasion in every play-off game across the EFL - and all have been soured by fan behaviour. Sometimes it is not just fans behaving badly - with rogue characters and even club owners acting wild on occasion. But there...
    SEVERAL politicians from the country’s major parties are pushing for a law change on pitch invaders in the women’s game. MPs from the Women’s Football All-Party Group have written to sports minister Nigel Huddleston calling for all professional fixtures to be listed as ‘designated matches’. 2MPs are calling for a law change to give police powers to arrest pitch invaders at women's professional football gamesCredit: Getty The letter, signed and shared on Twitter by ex-sports minister Tracey Crouch, has been backed eight MPs including Labour’s shadow cultural industries minister Alison McGovern Their demands were prompted by The Athletic’s report which revealed that the Football Offences Order, which gives the police authority to make arrests for pitch invasions, does not apply to Women’s Super League matches. Their letter was sent following Chelsea’s Champion’s League duel with Juventus was disrupted by a man running onto the turf at Kingsmeadow and attempting to take selfies with Blues players. Chelsea forward Sam Kerr received a yellow card for shoulder barging the spectator, who was later revealed to have been not been arrested. Reports claim...
    FOR Oldham Athletic fans, the atmosphere at Boundary Park is toxic - and likely to only get worse. On and off the pitch, the Latics are a club in crisis with their followers pointing the finger at owner Abdallah Lemsagam. 12It's the final nail in the coffin for Oldham Athletic fansCredit: Getty 12Fans have spent almost three years campaigning against owner Abdallah LemsagamCredit: Getty They have spent almost three years campaigning against the Dubai-based former agent in the fear that the club is heading for extinction under his regime. Since he took over in January 2018, Boundary Park has slowly but surely turned into a war zone with repeated protests by fan groups. Before a drab 0-0 draw with Hartlepool, police were forced to patrol a demo that featured a coffin inscribed : “RIP OAFC” and was placed outside the main door of the stadium. Supporters have taken to donning clown masks on a match day, echoing the belief that Oldham Athletic have become a circus. While there have also been pitch invasions, tennis balls and flares thrown onto the...
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