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Woking fans banned after 'crowd unrest'

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Woking fans banned after 'crowd unrest'

Published at 1:28pm 8th August 2018. (Updated at 1:31pm 8th August 2018)

Woking Football Club has said it will not tolerate bad behaviour after some of its supporters went on the pitch and a smoke bomb was thrown during their opening match of the season.

The incidents happened when Woking midfielder Max Kretzschmar scored a 97th minute penalty to give his side victory away at East Thurrock United on Saturday (4 August).

At last night's home match with St Albans City, eight people, thought to be part of the 532 strong crowd at East Thurrock and involved in the unrest, were interviewed by police and the Woking Safety Officer.

Several of those interviewed were issued with short term bans from attending Woking home matches pending further investigations. It is a criminal offence for spectators to enter the field of play or take pyrotechnics to matches.

Among those spoken to by officers was a 15-year-old, with also police taking time to see his parents.

In a statement the club said: "The club reiterate that any misbehaviour such as we have seen will not be tolerated, either home or away, and the perpetrators are not welcome. We are however hopeful that following this action there will be no repetition.

"Positively the general support in the first two games has been fantastic - loud and positive - a credit to the club and much appreciated, in particular, by the players."

The club also said that those causing the unrest were in the minority, adding: "If you take part in anything like this you are not supporting the football club but harming and undermining it.

"Again, to the vast majority of those who travel, lend their wholehearted support and are committed Woking FC fans - thank you."

The Football Association confirmed it is investigating the matter.

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