FA reviewing ‘anti-social behaviour’ after fans launch headbutts and hurl abuse

The FA are set to review 'anti-social behaviour' at football games after a series of incidents during pitch invasions.

Billy Sharp was on the receiving end of a headbutt from Robert Biggs, a Nottingham Forest fan, during a pitch invasion on Tuesday evening. Biggs pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and he was jailed for 24 weeks.

While a pitch invasion after Everton remained in the Premier League on Thursday saw one fan involved in an altercation with Patrick Viera. Another pitch invasion on the same evening saw punches thrown at Swindon Town players during a play-off clash.

And the FA have now released a statement: "We are very concerned about the rise in anti-social behaviour from fans as we reach the end of the season.

"Football stadiums should always be a safe and enjoyable space for everyone, and these incidents are completely unacceptable and have no place in our game.

"It is illegal to enter the pitch area in any stadium and these actions are putting players, fans and people who run the game at great risk. This simply cannot continue and we can confirm that we are investigating all of the incidences.

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"Clubs play a vital role in addressing this issue and they need to prevent pitch invasions from occurring, as well as taking their own action against those that break the rules and the law.

"The FA will be seeking to do all that it can to work with clubs as well as addressing the issues from a disciplinary perspective.

"We are also reviewing our regulations to help stamp this behaviour out and to ensure the safety of everyone inside a stadium."

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