On Saturday during the Club’s pre-season friendly with Huddersfield Town at Oakwell, an individual entered the playing area approximately ten minutes into the second half.
This individual was apprehended by Club Stewards and was handed to South Yorkshire Police for arrest. The Club’s security team have subsequently analysed CCTV footage from Saturday and several individuals who we believe assisted in the pitch incursion have been identified.
All individuals in question will face a Club ban - for what could be up to five years - and will also be unable to buy tickets via the Club Box Office for any away fixture. The Club will also ensure that the names of any individual who receives a ban from Oakwell will also be circulated to all Football League clubs and the relevant Police Forces to refuse entry at away games.
Barnsley FC is a family Club and the overwhelming majority of fans support the Club superbly. Barnsley FC will not tolerate any type of antisocial or unacceptable behaviour and will ensure that anyone who thinks they can use the Football Club as a vehicle for antisocial behaviour will face the severest punishment available.
The actions of a small minority, if allowed to continue, will no doubt lead to the Club facing fines and potential FA sanctions which will impact on everyone associated with our Club. The implications of this minority’s behaviour has already been felt this season with the away ticket allocation significantly reduced for this Saturday’s season opener at Chesterfield. Barnsley FC would, therefore, ask that all genuine supporters assist us where possible to eradicate the type of behaviour witnessed on Saturday. This can be done by either contacting the Club with information or bringing information to Stewards on matchdays. Our Security team will follow up all information given and this will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.