ARSENAL have followed Brighton in announcing they will ban pitch invaders following a string of recent occurrences.
A supporter entered the field of play during Thursday’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool as he ran towards the ball.
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale refused to shake a pitch invader’s hand at the Emirates on ThursdayCredit: Rex
He then tried to shake hands with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, but the goalkeeper refused to interact with the male individual.
Meanwhile boss Mikel Arteta had to jump out of the way as a fan hurtled towards him after Arsenal beat West Ham 2-0 at the Emirates.
And just days before, one supporter grabbed the shirt of right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu following the 3-0 victory over Southampton.
Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against the Reds saw two fans evade security and enter the pitch, while a third supporter was stopped after the game.
And now Arsenal have released a statement to the PA news agency where they announced there will be severe consequences should anyone try it in the future.
It read: “In recent matches at Emirates Stadium, there have been a number of people who have entered the pitch either during, or after the match has finished.
“We strongly remind everyone it is a criminal offence under the Football (Offences) Act 1991 to enter the pitch without prior permission.
“During Thursday night’s match against Liverpool, we sadly witnessed a number of individuals run onto the pitch.
“This not only disrupts the match, but also has to be managed as a serious security risk to all players, officials and everyone in the stadium.
“All the individuals who encroached onto the pitch on Thursday night were caught by our stewards and subsequently identified.
“These individuals, and others who have encroached onto the pitch recently, have now received a three-year ban from Emirates Stadium.
“They have also had their memberships from our club terminated and their details have been passed onto the Police for further investigation.
A pitch invader hurtled towards Mikel Arteta following the win against West Ham last month
“If anyone is thinking of doing this please refrain, as all football clubs and the Police are taking this matter extremely seriously.
“All perpetrators of public order offences, which includes pitch encroaching and other recent incidents of throwing objects and use of pyrotechnics, will receive lengthy stadium bans and further possible legal sanctions.”
Brighton stated earlier this week how pitch invaders will be subject to indefinite bans and police action.
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