Latics issue ‘behaviour reminder’ to fans

Supporters invade the pitch following Jordy Hiwula's late winner at Chesterfield
Supporters invade the pitch following Jordy Hiwula's late winner at Chesterfield

WIGAN Athletic have issued fans with a ‘behaviour reminder’ ahead of the trip to Port Vale.

It comes after the club was contacted by the FA in reaction to a number of supporters entering the pitch following Jordy Hiwula’s winner at Chesterfield last week.

A flare was also set off during the celebrations, prompting Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson to warn fans about possible disciplinary that could be taken against the club.

A statement on the club’s website said: “The FA have asked the club for their observations as to why some fans spilled on to the pitch and a flare was let off in the Rubicon Print Stand, where the Wigan Athletic travelling support was located. Disciplinary action against the club is a possible consequence.

“The club has a duty to remind supporters as to their behaviour when representing Wigan Athletic, both at the DW Stadium, and for away matches.

“The club has a zero tolerance policy regarding pyrotechnic devices which are illegal and any supporters identified in possession of such devices, or letting them off inside a stadium, will be banned from entering football stadiums. We are currently working with Chesterfield and the relevant police forces to identify who threw the flare last Saturday.

“Entering the field of play is a criminal offence and supporters caught doing so run the risk of arrest and court convictions.”

Mr Jackson said: “The end of the Chesterfield match was exceptional, and it is understandable that our supporters celebrated such a remarkable comeback. To enjoy moments like that is why we are all love football and want to follow our team.

“The majority of Latics’ travelling support is impeccably behaved and offers magnificent backing to the team.

“!However, the club has a duty of care towards all supporters and their safety is our number one priority. We also remind supporters that they must behave within the law and that their behaviour should not compromise the safety or wellbeing of people around them.

“We ask that supporters stay off the pitch when celebrating goals – any pitch encroachment may have repercussions for the supporter and the club.”