Hull City notes with increasing concern the number of anti-social incidents happening in the stands at football grounds across the country and specifically at the MKM Stadium this season.
Since the start of the 2021/22 season, the number of incidents leading to sanctions against fans has steadily increased, resulting in 17 stadium bans having been issued so far, more than the past five seasons combined. The bans range from six months to five years for offences including anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, throwing items towards or onto the field of play, and entering the field of play, and have been issued to fans of all ages, including offending minors and their responsible adults.
Incidents of fans entering the field of play are an increasing problem up and down the country, in particular the number of young fans. The club would like to remind all supporters that entering the field of play at any time is a criminal offence, regardless of the age of the individuals involved.
Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, the message from club CEO James Rodwell is clear: “Anybody that is caught doing this will be banned. You cannot come on the pitch, it’s a criminal offence. It also potentially puts our players and the opposition in a very difficult position when approached on the field of play, which is ultimately their place of work. The last thing anyone wants is anybody getting hurt.
“We understand that it’s a tiny minority egging people on, but it just cannot happen, regardless of the age of people running on the pitch, this is not a joke for the football club, it really isn’t. We’ve got to stop it happening, we’re appealing to our supporters to not go on the pitch.
“The football club could end up being hit by sanctions whether that’s a fine, whether that’s ground closure, I don’t want to be dramatic about it but that is the ultimate sanction."
We thank the vast majority of our fans who have attended matches at the MKM Stadium this season and conducted themselves impeccably and shown their support for the team, head coach and owner in the right way.
You can read the full interview with CEO James Rodwell on the Hull Daily Mail website here.