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Premier League clubs agree new measures to tackle crowd trouble after pitch invasions last month

Premier League clubs agree new security measures to deal with public concerns after Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen and Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira were targeted in field invasions – with fireworks and rockets also an issue

  • The Premier League will introduce improved security measures next season
  • Clubs want to prevent field invasions, fireworks and rockets
  • Visiting teams provide extra stewards for away games

The Premier League will implement enhanced security measures before the start of next season to prevent public misconduct, with clubs unanimously agreeing that visiting teams will provide additional stewards for away games.

Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen of Aston Villa was attacked as Manchester City fans celebrated their Premier League win by barging onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium last month.

Everton fans stormed onto the pitch at Goodison Park after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late winner and the final whistle of their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace, securing their top-class spot.

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Everton fans stormed the field after beating Crystal Palace last month to avoid relegation

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with a fan at Goodison Park

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with a fan at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with a fan at Goodison Park

Palace manager Patrick Vieira was also involved in an altercation with a fan as he headed for the changing room after the final whistle, prompting the English Football Association to launch an investigation.

The league said it also hoped to address the issue of rockets and fireworks that disrupted games last season.

“It is vital that everyone feels safe during a match,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

Supporters should be reminded that it is illegal to enter the pitch at any time… this area is unmistakable for football and under no circumstances should players, managers, match officials or staff fear for their safety – just as fans should be protected stay in the state.

Aston Villa's Robin Olsen (circled) was hit as thousands of Man City fans took to the field

Aston Villa’s Robin Olsen (circled) was hit as thousands of Man City fans took to the field

“In addition, we are seeing an increase in the use of pyrotechnics and rockets, both of which are not only punishable but can also cause serious injury.”

West Ham United manager David Moyes said field invasions are a ‘problem’, while Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said intruders pose a danger to players and staff.

The league said the clubs had unanimously agreed as a first step that visiting clubs should provide stewards for away games to improve supporter safety.

It added that it would work with game stakeholders to further address the issue.

City fans couldn't hide their joy as they rushed onto the pitch after the title was secured

City fans couldn’t hide their joy as they rushed onto the pitch after the title was secured

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