A further twelve Brighton football fans have been banned from attending both home and away matches until the end of the season, after CCTV footage of anti social behaviour at a game against Crystal Palace last November was reviewed. The decision was made on the 8th of January before the rival teams met again in the third round of the FA cup.
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (BHAFC) said seven supporters from both clubs have already been banned following the incident on November 28th at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, at which two stewards were hospitalised. The club warned that further arrests and bans were possible and said a list of names and footage had been provided to Crystal Palace.
BHAFC chief executive Paul Barber has said: “We hope this news will come as a timely warning that we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour from our supporters – at the Amex or when travelling to and from matches – and anyone caught doing so will face arrest, prosecution and lengthy bans.” He has also stated that all the banned fans would be required to sign “behaviour agreements” before being allowed back into matches, when their bans expire.
It is hoped that extra security at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, an increased police presence and allocating fewer tickets to away fans will prevent further trouble.