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Love Football Protect The Game - a message to supporters

7 May 2023

As we approach the final game of another exciting League Two season we must remind you in the interests of safety for everyone inside our stadium, that the pitch is for managers, players and match officials, while the stands are there for you to support the team.

Matt, his staff and his players are hugely appreciative of the fantastic support you have given us this season, and after the game on Monday would like to do a lap of the pitch to reflect that appreciation and give you the chance to show your appreciation of the players' superb efforts this season.

However at the end of last season, some clubs witnessed unsavoury and unwelcome scenes with a small minority of people entering the field of play and we would urge supporters to stay behind the barriers at all times on Monday, including after the final whistle, to allow that lap of the pitch to happen and to allow other players and officials to complete their afternoon safely.

Pitch incursions are dangerous and anyone who does encroach onto the playing surface will face strong sanctions that could include a ban from attending matches here at the VBS Community Stadium and across the country, as well as police action.

It is a criminal offence to enter the pitch and the real-life consequences for these actions have been felt by many with some fans receiving criminal records which can impact employment, education prospects and international travel.

It is not only yourself that can be disciplined. There could also be an impact on your family members and Sutton United.

Our plea to you is to keep the pitch for players and the stands for spectators and avoid any unnecessary disruption.

Love Football, Protect the Game.

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