Royals issued with reduced fine after pitch incursionAn Appeal Board has today issued Reading Football Club with a reduced fine of £40,000 following an appeal in relation to a charge of misconduct regarding supporter behaviour.
The club were initially sanctioned by an Independent Regulatory Commission after a charge of failing to ensure no spectators or unauthorised persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch area whilst attending the FA Cup Quarter Final replay against Bradford City at Madejski Stadium on 16th March 2015 was found proven.
The club appealed the charge and an initial fine of £100,000 and we are pleased that our appeal has been heard and upheld in our favour in terms of a reduced sanction.
However, after a total of 16 other celebratory pitch incursions took place at other stadia across the country last season, we were the only club penalised.
Reading Football Club are regularly among the clubs with the lowest number of arrests and banning orders in the division and we are also very proud of our supporters’ reputation for good behaviour, both at home and away, as a club we remain disappointed by the decision and feel that the processes undertaken by the Regulatory Commission in these situations need to be reviewed in the future.