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TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS BEHAVIOUR REMINDER

10 September 2015

Club issues reminder to travelling supporters regarding behaviour and zero tolerance policy on pyrotechnic devices.

  • Club contacted by FA for observations.
  • Some supporters spilled onto the pitch at the end of the Chesterfield match.
  • Flare set off at Chesterfield - club issues zero tolerance reminder.
  • Majority of travelling fans offer ‘magnificent’ support – CEO Jonathan Jackson.
Wigan Athletic are reminding travelling supporters of their responsibilities in representing the club following the match at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium.

The FA have asked the club for their observations as to why some fans spilled on to the pitch and a flare was let off in the Rubicon Print Stand, where the Wigan Athletic travelling support was located. Disciplinary action against the club is a possible consequence.

The club has a duty to remind supporters as to their behaviour when representing Wigan Athletic, both at the DW Stadium, and for away matches.

The club has a zero tolerance policy regarding pyrotechnic devices which are illegal and any supporters identified in possession of such devices, or letting them off inside a stadium, will be banned from entering football stadiums. We are currently working with Chesterfield and the relevant police forces to identify who threw the flare last Saturday.

Entering the field of play is a criminal offence and supporters caught doing so run the risk of arrest and court convictions.

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said:

“The end of the Chesterfield match was exceptional, and it is understandable that our supporters celebrated such a remarkable comeback. To enjoy moments like that is why we are all love football and want to follow our team.

“The majority of Latics’ travelling support is impeccably behaved and offers magnificent backing to the team.

“However, the club has a duty of care towards all supporters and their safety is our number one priority. We also remind supporters that they must behave within the law and that their behaviour should not compromise the safety or wellbeing of people around them. We ask that supporters stay off the pitch when celebrating goals – any pitch encroachment may have repercussions for the supporter and the club.”

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