Norwich City fans warned by club and EFL not to invade pitch if promotion clinched against Blackburn Rovers
PUBLISHED: 17:29 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:29 26 April 2019
Norwich City fans have been warned not to invade the Carrow Road pitch if the Canaries clinch promotion - or they risk being banned and landing the club a fine.
The English Football League (EFL) has reminded clubs and supporters of potential safety implications and consequences of an invasion.
The EFL said, while they understand fixtures can be charged with emotion, the safety of players, managers, fans and match officials “must remain of paramount importance”.
They said supporters who go on the pitch risk facing a banning order, as well as a criminal conviction, while their clubs could be fined.
The EFL says 'laps of honour' at final league home fixtures could also be hindered, with players and staff unable to take to the pitch if it has been invaded.
They said: “Supporters are advised to enjoy the occasion, but be wary of the potential repercussions for entering the field of play.”
Following the warning, the club itself asked that all supporters remain in their seats for and remain the stands at all times during the Blackburn Rovers fixture.
They also revealed that an 'incendiary device' had been set off in one of the concourses at the last home game with Sheffield Wednesday, which left people needing medical treatment.
Ben Kensell, Norwich City's chief operating officer, said: “It has been a fantastic season and whatever happens tomorrow's game will be a memorable occasion.
“The players and Daniel would like to walk around the pitch and thank all our fans for their fantastic support after the game, but this will not be possible if there are any pitch incursions.
“So please stay in your seats and enjoy this special occasion with the football club.” And he added: “We had a serious issue at the last home game with an incendiary device being set off inside one of our concourses which led to people requiring medical treatment.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on the bringing in or use of these devices in our stadium, so your cooperation on this is much appreciated.”