Pitch invaders at the English Premier League and English Football League matches will receive an automatic club ban under new measures to tackle fan behaviour

Concerns were raised about safety at grounds after a number of pitch invasions at the end of last season.

Individuals who carry or use pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will also be banned and identified offenders will be reported to the police.

The English Football Association will also implement tougher sanctions for clubs.

It is an offence for fans to enter the pitch “without lawful authority or lawful excuse” under the Football Offences Act 1991 – but offenders have not always been prosecuted.

However, prosecuting offenders will now be the “default response” under the new measures.

Source: BBC

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