A statement on anti-social behaviour in stadiums following pitch invasions during May

Friday 20 May 2022
FA statement on anti-social behaviour in stadiums

We are very concerned about the rise in anti-social behaviour from fans as we reach the end of the season.

Football stadiums should always be a safe and enjoyable space for everyone, and these incidents are completely unacceptable and have no place in our game.

It is illegal to enter the pitch area in any stadium and these actions are putting players, fans and people who run the game at great risk. This simply cannot continue and we can confirm that we are investigating all of the incidences. 

Clubs play a vital role in addressing this issue and they need to prevent pitch invasions from occurring, as well as taking their own action against those that break the rules and the law. The FA will be seeking to do all that it can to work with clubs as well as addressing the issues from a disciplinary perspective.

We are also reviewing our regulations to help stamp this behaviour out and to ensure the safety of everyone inside a stadium.

By Communications department