The FA bans fan who gained access to closed match with Croatia
The FA bans sneaky England football fan who gained access to the behind-closed-doors match with Croatia
- The fan who gained access to the match has been found and banned by the FA
- The FA’s official England Supporters’ Travel Club has suspended the sneaky fan
- He apparently gained access with a media pass and made it behind the goal
An England fan who gained access to the behind-closed-doors match in Croatia earlier this month has been suspended by the FA’s official England Supporters Travel Club.
Data protection laws prevent the FA from naming the fan at this stage but he somehow gained access to the stadium in Rijeka and then celebrated at the end of the goalless Nations League encounter by posting a photograph of himself in his England shirt on social media. In the photograph he appeared to have a media accreditation pass.
The FA did issue a warning ahead of the game that any fan who ignored the ban, issued by UEFA in response principally to the appearance of a Nazi swastika on the pitch at a previous Croatia game, would face sanctions.
One fan (not pictured) managed to make it inside the stadium for the England vs Croatia match
Supporters were not allowed to attend following on the national team playing in Croatia
The fan was spoken to by FA security staff in Seville, where England then played Spain last week, and last night a Wembley spokesperson confirmed that he had indeed been suspended from the ESTC pending an appeal. ‘The matter is currently under investigation,’ said the spokesperson.
In a letter issued by the FA on October 10 fans were left in no doubt that gaining access to first international of its kind in England’s history.
It read: ‘Following reports in the national media today, where England supporters who are travelling to Rijeka have stated their intention to try and gain access to the Stadion HNK to watch the UEFA Nations League match between Croatia and England on Friday 12 October, please be aware of the following.
Many England fans still travelled and enjoyed the pre-match atmosphere in Rijeka in Croatia
‘Having declared the match will be played “behind closed doors” both associations support UEFA’s decision and will do their utmost to ensure the conditions of the sanction are adhered to and we refer members to the previous statement made by the FA on May 10th this year.
‘For this reason, any England Supporter Travel Club member found inside the stadium during the match will be subject to membership sanctions.’
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