During the last two home matches items have been thrown onto the pitch from the Pontoon stand. Whilst we appreciate the emotions involved in watching a match nothing can justify throwing any object from the stands which could result in injury to players or fellow spectators.
The Football Association have now had cause to write to the club with a warning that any further such incident could result in action being taken against the club which in turn could result in a fine or other sanction.
Whilst we do have CCTV in the ground to assist in identifying anyone involved in such activity, we are making a twofold appeal to our supporters. First, we ask that no spectator at any future match throw any item onto the playing surface. Secondly, we ask that if, contrary to our request, an item is thrown other spectators assist the club in identifying the person involved and immediately report the same to a steward. This appeal to our fans is supported by Jane and Kristine, our supporter liaison officers who commented “Passion is something that as SLO’s we are proud to see from our fans week in week out. However, when instances such as these happen, however rare, there is not just the impact of possible FA sanctions, but it can also impact adversely on the way all of our fans are supervised away from home.”
We want Blundell Park to be a safe environment for spectators, players and officials. The throwing of any item onto the playing surface is a breach of the EFL Ground Regulations and is also a criminal act under the provisions of the Football (Offences) Act 1991. Anyone who in future ignores this request, once identified, will be ejected from the ground and reported to the police with a view to prosecution.
Please get behind the club and stamp out this totally unacceptable behaviour.