On Saturday 15th February nearly 3,000 Barnsley fans travelled to Doncaster Rovers for a South Yorkshire derby to give the team what was truly fantastic support.
Unfortunately not everyone represented our Club in a befitting manner and, as a result of the actions of a small minority, the Club has been made subject to a further FA report.
A number of smoke canisters were released at the Keepmoat Stadium which resulted in five people being arrested and a further person was arrested for an assault on a steward. Those who were arrested will be subject to a club banning order for the rest of this season and the 2014/15 season.
Not only are smoke canisters banned in stadia, but they also cause discomfort for fans, especially those suffering from asthma and this was the case with the latest incident at Doncaster Rovers as a young female Barnsley supporter was taken ill.
Everyone connected to the Club wants the support for Barnsley Football Club to be as vibrant, enthusiastic and loud as possible, especially at Oakwell, but those intent on causing trouble do not represent the Club nor the vast majority of supporters who come to watch. Those who wish to cause such disturbances and assaults on others are not the type of supporter we welcome at Oakwell and are using football matches purely as a platform for their anti-social behaviour.
For the fourth time this season the Club has been the subject of an FA report. As was highlighted in our previous statement it is very important that, as a Club, supporters and stewards can work together to self-police and prevent these issues continuing to take place. To have policing within Oakwell will greatly escalate our matchday operational costs, which will have a direct implication on our playing budget and ability to invest in the Club, as would any fines issued by the FA due to these incidents.
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