GRIMSBY Town Football Club have received the following letter from the Football Association (FA) that we respectfully ask supporters to read and adhere to:
END OF SEASON PITCH INCURSIONS
We are writing to remind clubs of the potential for mass pitch incursions by supporters at this time of the season. These pose a threat to the safety of players, officials and spectators, therefore The Football Association reminds clubs to make every effort to prevent fans from entering the pitch.
Supporters are required to remain in the stands and should be reminded of such prior to any 'lap of honour' to be made by the team. Announcements should be made over the public address system before the final whistle to alert the fans that the players will only come out if the pitch remains clear.
The FA has viewed with concern a number of incidents at this stage last season involving pitch incursions by spectators. Such incidents at this stage last season involving pitch incursions by spectators. Such incidents have resulted in clubs being charged and subsequently fined up to £200,000 by Regulatory Commissions.
The FA fully expect all clubs to take all measure possible, to ensure that safety is maintained at all times and this includes keeping supporters off the playing surface at full time. We would like to remind supporters that by entering onto the playing surface, you will be in breach of the Ground Regulations and as a result, could be banned from football by the courts for a minimum period of 3 years.
Please help your club by staying off the playing surface on Thursday night and prevent us from suffering any financial consequences.
Thanks for your continued support and UTM.