Bolton Wanderers ban eight fans after disorder at Morecambe match

Eight Bolton supporters have been banned from future matches after anti-social behaviour at their match with Morecambe last weekend.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10th February 2022, 2:43 pm

They have been announced among a total of 14 fans issued with banning orders following incidents at recent matches against Morecambe, Cambridge and Sunderland.

The banned fans are aged between 15 and 57 and the orders follow on from similar action taken earlier in the season after Wanderers’ home game against Wigan Athletic in October - taking the number of banning orders issued by Wanderers this season to more than 30.

Eight of the orders were issued following incidents at last Saturday's match at Morecambe's Mazuma Stadium, and the club expects this number to increase.

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Bolton chief executive Neil Hart said that policing costs are estimated to reach £100,000 by the end of the season and urged fans to behave themselves at games.

In a statement on the club's official website, he said: “As this action clearly demonstrates, Bolton Wanderers will not tolerate any form of disorder or anti-social behaviour at our matches.

“As we continue to work closely with GMP we anticipate these numbers to rise over the coming weeks following the disorder experienced at Saturday’s fixture at Morecambe.

“We will continue to deal with any breaches in a vigorous and decisive manner to eradicate any form of disorder and lack of respect among our fan-base towards people or property.

“Our police costs this season are now over £63,000 with the likelihood this number will hit £100,000 by the end of the season. I’m sure every supporter would agree that this money could be better utilised within the club.

“Following discussions with the board and key stakeholders, including the supporters’ trust, we will also shortly be communicating with supporters on the announcement of new and further measures aimed at eradicating disorder and anti-social behaviour as the club does everything possible to ensure a safe, secure and enjoyable environment for those real fans who give outstanding support to our team home and away.”