A CRACKDOWN on fan violence chaos could see EFL grounds with capacity reductions next season.
League chiefs are ready to bring in new hardline rules following a series of pitch invasions — with the possibility of partial stand closures at matches.
The EFL warned: “Over the summer we will consider what further measures are now at our disposal, including the potential use of capacity reductions or similar mitigations.”
The disgraceful and cowardly assault on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp by a Nottingham Forest fan after the Reds’ Championship play-off semi-final win at the City Ground has prompted a new demand for action.
Nottinghamshire police have arrested a 31-year-old man and Forest are expected to issue a life ban.
But EFL bosses have opted to act now with a strong upgrade in policy to come into effect in August.
A spokesman said: “We recognise that this lawlessness is being conducted by a small minority of individuals and that the majority of people attending matches are a credit to their club.
“However, it is not acceptable for supporters to enter the field of play at any time given the EFL’s objective is to ensure our matches remain a safe and welcoming one for all.
“Over the summer we will consider what further measures are now at our disposal, including the potential use of capacity reductions or other similar mitigations.”
Reductions in capacity – such as having empty sits in the front rows – will be considered.
Their statement pointed out: “Supporters are reminded that it is against the law to enter the pitch at any time and could result in a club ban and criminal record.
“More importantly it puts the safety of players, coaches, managers and match officials at risk.
“It is vital that those playing the game can do so safe in the knowledge that they will not be subjected to violent, threatening or anti-social behaviour going forward.”