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English football bodies very concerned by incidents of violence, racism

English football regulating bodies including the FA, the Premier League, the EFL and PGMOL are very concerned about recent incidents of violence, discriminatory acts and pitch invasions, they said in a joint statement on Tuesday (Jan 30). Sunday s FA Cup tie between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion was interrrupted by clashes involving the two sides supporters that left many injured. On Saturday, a spectator invaded the pitch at Vale Park and chased the referee off the pitch during a League One clash between Port Vale and Portsmouth. Earlier this month, AC Milan keeper Mike Maignan faced racist abuse at Udinese, an incident that drew condemnation from FIFA president Gianni Infantino and many others. In December, Luton Town striker Carlton Morris reported an alleged racist comment from the crowd during their Premier League game at Sheffield United, prompting a police investigation. Acts of discrimination, violence and entering the field of play are all criminal offences - which can result in individuals receiving criminal convictions, football banning orders and life-time stadium bans, the joint statement said.


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