Regardless of the result in tonight's Emirates FA Cup quarter-final, Reading FC have asked that we strongly remind visiting supporters that any fans who enter the field of play or any adjacent area unauthorised will be subject to suspension and arrest.
Last season, an FA Appeal Board fined Reading FC a total of £40,000 for misconduct in relation to supporter behaviour, charging Reading with failing to ensure no spectators or unauthorised persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch when attending the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Bradford City at Madejski Stadium.
Reading Football Club are regularly among the clubs with the lowest number of arrests and banning orders in the division and are very proud of their supporters’ reputation for good behaviour, both at home and away. However, heeding the Independent Regulatory Commission’s warning about their future conduct, they want to stress to all home and away supporters that entering the pitch is a criminal offence, and that foul and abusive language and behaviour is not tolerated at Madejski Stadium.
Five supporters who came onto the pitch towards the end of their recent 4-3 win at Charlton have been suspended, pending a meeting with our internal safety officer, while Thames Valley Police recently arrested an individual in relation to a coin throwing incident in the away supporters’ end at Madejski Stadium following their Fifth Round win over West Bromwich Albion.
So win, lose or draw, we ask all supporters to please respect the ground regulations and, for the safety of players, coaching staff, stewards and supporters, we urge all home and visiting fans to remain in the seated areas of the stadium and the concourses throughout.
CLICK HERE for the visiting supporters guide for the game tonight.