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Royals to respond to FA charge

21 April 2015

Club apply for FA extension

Reading Football Club have today been charged by the FA regarding the pitch invasion at our FA Cup quarter-final replay on 16th March.

The Club have applied for an extension while we compile our response to the charge made against us.

We believe that the police and the stewarding team acted swiftly at this game, which was attended by 22,908 supporters.

Six arrests were made on the evening, and a further six very soon afterwards. Eight of those arrested were noted as coming from the home stands, with four from the away end.

The individual who entered the pitch during the game was not registered as a Reading supporter and therefore must have had a ticket purchased on his behalf.

The club have since issued Stadium suspensions to all spectators arrested who are registered on our database. A number of court cases remain pending.

The Club also prides itself on Madejski Stadium’s reputation; we are regularly among the clubs with the lowest number of arrests in the division.

This is an opportune moment to remind supporters of all clubs that entering the pitch is a criminal offence. Against Bradford, the pitch invasion prevented our players from celebrating a fantastic victory, and the Club have now been charged by the FA. We implore supporters of all clubs to bear this in mind in the future.

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