Fans observing goals have been converted into criminals for a”storyline that soccer fans are scum,” thugs”, a fans’ group says.

The Football Supporters’ Federation is calling for a”real world reply” to fans going on to the pitch as opposed to”a moral panic”.

However, a stewards’ association spokesman said the deterrent of a legal complaint for going on to a pitch was needed.

Native men were arrested after fans hammered to the pitch following ’s late equaliser at Bournemouth on Saturday and also five men are charged.

Going on to the playing area at a football match is a arrestable offence under the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

Police said a female steward was injured during the encroachment, and also four of the men are under investigation for allegedly attacking her.

All five suspects are expected to appear until Poole magistrates on 2 April, charged with moving on to the playing area at a football match.

A 14-year-old boy by Bournemouth that was arrested was released under evaluation, while the 18-year-old Durham person was released free of a charge.

Jacks has talked to the mother of one of those arrested who says was”released at no cost because CCTV obviously showed a steward yanking him over a barrier and on to the pitch”.

She added:”The son was held for approximately 20 hours”

Arrests for pitch incursions fell to 191 final season after having a last-minute increase, far below the 333 made in 2002-03.

Nevertheless, the events at Bournemouth and Swansea arrived a week after having a Birmingham City fan ran on to the pitch and also hit Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

“I’m categorically not condoning fans moving on the pitch or saying that they have to take action, rather looking at a real world answer to it as opposed to the usual moral fear,” said Jacks.

“The fans going on to the pitch was clearly very different to the Grealish incident.

“We’re seeing people criminalised for moving on the pitch, so observing for 30 seconds and all a sudden they’ve a criminal history that might be prejudicial for their futures.

“Is it in the public interest? Not only are you currently putting a fan in the pier and criminalising them to do some thing in a football context, there’s every chance you’re taking a police officer for day to sit down around a court room to give evidence.”

She added:”I believe that it is an issue for its safety police and perhaps not the justice procedure.

“It’s important that stewards understand football fans, fan behaviour and ence psychology.

“We view players run in the ence and the men and women who are in the yellow jackets run over and pull the players out and push back the fans.

“I watch and think’you don’t have any clue what you’re doing’. Why don’t you stand back and give it 30 minutes and the ence will form it self out?”

What’s the view of stewards?

John Newsham, a consultant leader executive officer at the FSOA, says stewards are”trained to use common sense”, however that there has to be described as a deterrent to avoid fans going into the area of play.

“It’s far too easy for the FSF and others to blame stewarding and police when things happen,” he said.

“There are signs saying it is a legal offence. It willn’t matter what time it is, it is a legal offence. Othere, where’s the deterrent?

In case they are able to observe the fans had to go on to the pitch for whatever reason they would handle it appropriately.”


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