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Football hooligans could 'spoil future matches for well-behaved fans'


Police outside Brighton Station monitor Albion and Crystal Palace fans

FANS causing unrest at a football match between Brighton and Crystal Palace risk spoiling future matches for the majority, says the Football Supporters’ Federation.

Sussex Police branded the disturbances on Tuesday night a “return to the dark days of football” as fans without tickets tried to force entry into the Amex Stadium.

Six people, including one 15-year-old boy, were arrested, while two stewards – one from each club – had to be taken to hospital, one with three fractured ribs.

Both stewards were discharged later on Tuesday night.

A statement from the FSF said: “It’s clear from witness accounts and video footage that a number of Crystal Palace fans ‘stormed’ the turnstiles at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday night.

“There is no excuse for such behaviour and the FSF condemns these actions and reiterates our anti-pyro (technic) stance.

“Many of the fans who reported this to us are match-going Crystal Palace fans with tickets who fear that they will suffer the consequences of such behaviour.

“That can be at future fixtures via reduced away allocations or on the night of the game due to additional policing measures as happened on Tuesday.

“We are concerned at the number of ordinary, peaceful fans who are coming forward and saying they had tickets but were denied entry. They deserve answers and recompense.”

Source: The Argus