Date published: February 21, 2022
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Rochdale fans encroached on the pitch at Scunthorpe after Dale’s second goal
Two Rochdale AFC supporters will be banned from the stadium for 18 months after encroaching on the pitch during Saturday’s away game against Scunthorpe United.
Several Rochdale fans took to the pitch on February 19 after Max Taylor’s goal sealed a 2-1 victory for Dale in the 83rd minute.
It is a criminal offense to enter the pitch during a match and Rochdale AFC have been working with Greater Manchester Police and Scunthorpe United since the weekend to identify those involved.
The two supporters who were identified as facing an opposing player could also be subject to a future football banning order after further consultation with police.
The club add that they are continuing to investigate other people who have also encroached on the pitch.
The club issued the following statement: “Rochdale Football Club would like to send a clear message to supporters that the type of anti-social behavior seen in Saturday’s game against Scunthorpe United will not be tolerated.
“The two people identified as facing an opposition player will be subject to an 18-month stadium ban at the Crown Oil Arena, and may be subject to a future football banning order after further consultation with Greater Manchester Police.
“Rochdale Football Club were also made aware of an alleged assault on a minor by a Rochdale fan at an approved premises in Scunthorpe prior to the game. This individual will be given an automatic lifetime stadium ban if found guilty.
“The EFL recently released a statement regarding fan behavior at clubs across the country and we fully endorse their message:
“”Any form of anti-social behavior is unacceptable and although these cases represent only a very small proportion of people attending matches, the few foolish people who choose to behave in this way only demonstrate a complete lack of respect for the people. clubs they claim support.
“‘Our message is simple – those who intend to cause trouble are not welcome at our games and we ask that you ‘stay away’.”