Dec 042015

Three Everton fans involved in last weekend’s stoppage-time pitch invasion at Bournemouth have been spared banning orders.

A handful of travelling Blues supporters broke onto the field of play at the Vitality Stadium after Ross Barkley’s 95th-minute strike gave the visitor the upper hand in the game which eventually finished 3-3.

But in the aftermath of the match, a number of fans involved in the pitch invasion were arrested and received warning letters from Everton’s head of stadium security Dave Lewis that they faced the prospect of being banned from attending games for the remainder of this season.

But talks with Goodison Park officials have resulted in the fans having their temporary bans lifted, leaving them free to attend Monday night’s Premier League visit of Crystal Palace.

A club spokesman said: “While we would emphasise to supporters that coming on the pitch is a criminal offence and may result in a football banning order, we have also listened to fans to understand the circumstances around this particular incident.
“As a club, we have to demonstrate to the FA what we have done to prevent these kinds of occurrences and what we will do to prevent them from happening again.

“In this instance, we have spoken to some of those arrested and, having reviewed the circumstances, the fans in question will be allowed to come to the game on Monday night and we will further review the situation going forward.”

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