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Premier League to tighten security measures from 2022/23 due to safety concerns

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The Premier League is planning to reinforce their security measures ahead of the new season. During the final few matchdays of the season, the problems became much more pronounced in terms of safety. 

Flares and missiles became rather common, while pitch invasions were seen very frequently – not only in the Premier League, but across Europe altogether. This has resulted in the 20 clubs planning out improvements in security so that the spectators and players’ safety is upheld. 

Premier League security measures to be improved

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was hit during the pitch invasion at Manchester City, following their league title win. On the other hand, a Nottingham Forest supporter was jailed for 24 weeks for head-butting Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters confirmed the plans to improve security at domestic games: “Supporters must be reminded it is illegal to enter the pitch at any time. To be clear, this area is unequivocally for football and, under no circumstance should players, managers, match officials or staff fear for their safety – just as fans should remain protected in the stands. In addition, we have seen an increase in the use of pyrotechnics and missiles, both of which are not only a criminal offence, but can cause serious injury.

“These type of incidents must stop and new measures for next season will make that clear – the League fully supports club and football-wide bans for offenders. It is the minority who are behaving unacceptably and they risk ruining the matchday experience for the vast majority of law-abiding fans. Crowd behaviour is an issue we and our clubs are addressing as a matter of urgency, in collaboration with partners and relevant authorities.”

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Arsh Das
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