Norwich City statement over pitch invasion
Norwich City have concluded an internal investigation into the pitch incursions by supporters following the game against Gillingham at Carrow Road. The incident resulted in two safety stewards being injured and one distressed pregnant lady in the crowd having to climb over the barrier, as she feared for her safety in the crush as other supporters pushed towards the perimeter fence.
Norwich City have concluded an internal investigation into the pitch incursions by supporters following the game against Gillingham at Carrow Road.
The incident resulted in two safety stewards being injured and one distressed pregnant lady in the crowd having to climb over the barrier, as she feared for her safety in the crush as other supporters pushed towards the perimeter fence.
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Norwich City released the following statement on the club's official website.
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All supporters identified on the day or subsequently via video footage as having encroached on to the pitch will be subject to an indefinite ban from attending games at Carrow Road.
However, the club of course recognises supporters are delighted by the success of the team this season and perhaps some ran on to the pitch after the Gillingham game without properly thinking through the risk to public safety this action presented.
Taking this into consideration, if ALL supporters remain in the stands to enjoy the post-match presentations following the game against Carlisle United on Saturday then the club will grant an amnesty for those banned following the Gillingham game, subject to there being no further action from either the Police or the football authorities.
The exception to this will be any who were identified injuring members of staff - the ban will stay in force for any who fall into this category.
Chief executive David McNally told the club's official website: "Norwich City is a family club where the safety of everybody in the ground, supporters and staff, is of paramount importance to us. The rules about encroachment on to the playing area are there to protect the safety of all concerned.
"Following the game against Carlisle, representatives from the Football League and Coca-Cola will be presenting the squad and the management team with their League One winners' medals and the trophy, which should be a fantastic and memorable occasion for all of us.
"If all supporters respect these presentations and enjoy them with the rest of us from the safety of the stands then we will grant an amnesty against those set to be banned following the Gillingham game - we all hope supporters will allow the squad and the management team to enjoy their moment with everyone else in the stadium. Once again, if there are people on the pitch then we may well be forced to cancel the presentation of medals and trophy."
City boss Paul Lambert added: "Our fans have been magnificent for us, I've said it time and time again. We're all absolutely delighted to have rewarded their passionate and loyal support with some silverware, especially as they have played such an important part this season home and away.
"We want to celebrate with everyone in the proper fashion after the Carlisle match - so please can I appeal on behalf of the squad and the coaching staff for supporters to work with us to make sure everything goes ahead as planned and that everyone in the ground is safe and happy."
t Supporters are also advised there will be a number of pre-match presentations taking place before kick-off against Carlisle. The Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month for April will receive his award at approximately 2.15. Then the winner of the Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Season will receive the prestigious Barry Butler Trophy and finally the winner of the Aviva Fan of the Year competition will be introduced to the crowd.