Fans banned after flare disgrace

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WIGAN Athletic have banned 17 spectators after flares were set off at the club’s away game against Bolton on Saturday.

The incidents in the visiting end at the Reebok Stadium took some of the gloss off the Latics’ crucial 2-1 victory, and the club have moved quickly, working with Greater Manchester Police, to ensure those responsible do not attend future matches.

The 17 spectators, who are predominantly aged between 15 and 22, have been written to by the club confirming they are no longer welcome at Wigan matches.

The club has an excellent record of good conduct among fans, with only three supporters arrested prior to the Bolton match, and the club said it is actively looking to maintain this.

Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “We were extremely disappointed by the behaviour of a small minority of spectators who tarnished what was a fantastic day for the club.

“We have worked closely with Greater Manchester Police who will be issuing official football banning orders on the majority of those arrested during the game.

“We wish to protect the image of Wigan Athletic as a family club and do not welcome those who seek to make trouble and endanger the safety of our supporters.”