Ross County threaten to ban supporters who invade pitch after worrying trend of incidents
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ROSS County are threatening to ban any fans who invade the pitch at the Global Energy Stadium after incidents in recent games.
The Staggies have issued a strong statement after they experienced problems of supporters leaving the stands and running on to the pitch during the 3–1 win over Motherwell on Tuesday night.
The club have also experienced problems in previous games, including the 2–1 defeat to Celtic in December.
Ross County released a statement saying it is taking a zero tolerance approach to any fans guilty of entering the field of play and will ban them from future games.
They said: "The club has seen a worrying new trend at recent games when both home and away supporters have been involved in minor pitch incursions.
"Clearly such behaviour contravenes the club Code of Conduct and whilst some may take the view that this is harmless exuberance, we do not agree.
"We are grateful for the growth in our support and the backing the team has received this season, as always we encourage more people to join our journey here at Ross County.
"However, the club takes the safety of supporters, players, stewards and staff very seriously and those who come on to the pitch will now face club bans.
"We would also like to remind those who indulge in this type of behaviour that such conduct may be a criminal offence and could lead to court action.
"When these incursions take place the club also faces sanctions and further actions from the Scottish Football authorities.
"We will now be taking a zero-tolerance approach to this issue and supporters who come on to the trackside/pitch will be ejected from the stadium and will be banned from the club.
"Pitch incursions, even those of a celebratory nature are a safety issue and are not welcome.
"Furthermore they are spoiling the matchday enjoyment for the majority."