Motherwell warn fans over further pitch invasions


Motherwell have issued a warning to their supporters against further pitch invasions at Fir Park following a ruling by the SPFL.

The league body’s commission found the Fir Park side guilty of unacceptable conduct over a number of incidents during last season’s play-off match against Rangers on the 31st May – which the Lanarkshire side won.

‘Well fans took to the pitch after they beat Rangers 3-0 in the second leg of the Premiership play off final – 6-1 on aggregate – to secure their Premiership status.

The club issued a statement from the official website, it read: “Although much of what is required of the club by the commission is being addressed by the club, it is important to emphasise the role of our supporters in helping meet the requirements of the commission.

“While the club acknowledges that the end of season pitch incursions at Fir Park, by predominantly young supporters, have almost always been celebratory and without malice, incursions themselves are considered to be ‘unacceptable conduct’ and may give rise to further disorder. In particular, the incursion on 31 May 2015 was found to be disorderly by the commission.

“It is clear that the league will no longer accept these incursions and the club could face extremely serious sanctions should there be a repeat.

“It is absolutely paramount that no fan enters the pitch or trackside area at any game in future, either at Fir Park or elsewhere.

“Should this instruction be ignored, the club will reluctantly be left with no other option but to take appropriate action against those concerned, which may include a significant ban from the stadium.

“We would ask supporters take heed of the message and work with us to ensure no further issues or problems,” the statement added.

“In return, the club will continue to work hard for supporters’ rights and the often valid concerns that are frequently raised in response.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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