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22 June 2022 - 2:56 PM

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Violent pitch invasions could have serious financial ramifications for clubs in terms of lost sponsor and matchday revenue

  • Inadequate crowd management paved the way for repeated pitch invasions in May in England which resulted in a number of assaults on players and club staff.
  • “If it becomes obvious that a club or governing body is unable to put matches on in a safe manner, then that would certainly be a red light for sponsors,” says expert.
  • Why it matters: Tarnished reputations, reduced stadium capacity and a breakdown in stadium operations could pose a major challenge in terms of attracting new sponsorships for clubs in the future. But income won’t be affected.
  • Perspective: Despite one case in France, it is in England that pitch invasions leading to physical assaults have taken place - prompting football experts to speculate whether the hooliganism could now be returning to damage future business opportunities.

By tradition May is often marred by pitch invasions as title-winning parties - as well as celebrations around promotion and escape from relegation - often lead fans to force their way through security barriers in outbursts of emotion, joy and unity at the end of a long, successful campaign.

This year, pitch invasions took place all over Europe, but it was notable

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