Pitch invasions & violence: Jurgen Klopp & Eddie Howe ‘apprehensive’ about security

Everton fans on the pitch and on top of the goal


Everton fans invaded the Goodison Park pitch after Premier League safety was secured

Jurgen Klopp says they are “dangerous”, Eddie Howe says they could cause a “tragedy” – pitch invasions and fan violence have dogged English football in recent days as the season reaches its climax.

Since Monday, there have been five pitch invasions, players assaulted, Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira clashing with a fan, arrests made and investigations launched.

According to the Football Offences Act 1991, it is an offence for fans to enter the pitch “without lawful authority or lawful excuse”.

So why has this happened, what is being said and what will happen next?

What has happened?

  • On Thursday, Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with an Everton supporter during a pitch invasion following his side’s Premier League defeat at Goodison Park
  • On the same night, Swindon Town players were “physically and verbally abused” after their League Two play-off semi-final defeat by Port…