Following the game on Friday 3rd November we would like to provide the following update.
Firstly we think it is important to thank the large majority of fans, both home and away, who attended the game with the intention of watching and supporting their team. We believe both sides played in a competitive fixture and 99% of the 3,000 fans inside the ground enjoyed the game and the overall experience provided by Hyde United FC as the host club.
In relation to the incidents which occurred prior to and during the game we are able to confirm the following:
- We have reported the throwing of flares on to the pitch as criminal damage and have received a crime number. The Police will now carry out a formal investigation.
- We have received a large number of photographs and videos clearly showing the people involved, along with confirmed names of these individuals. This information will be passed to the Police. We would urge people who attended the game to continue to send in any information they may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The damage to the pitch has resulted in the closure of the facility, resulting in loss of revenue, and will require significant financial investment to rectify.
- We will be pursuing a prosecution of the individual or individuals involved through the courts in line with the Football (Offences) Act 1991 : Throwing of missiles onto the playing area or into the crowd - s.2 and Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985.
- We will be asking for the courts to fine the individuals for the damage and loss of revenue caused by their actions to a facility which cost £500k
- We will be asking for a lifetime banning order for all football stadia to be made against all individuals found guilty of any crime in relation to the incidents which took place on Friday 3rd November at Ewen Fields.
Made on behalf of the Board and Shareholders
Updated 15:08 - 6 Nov 2017 by Mark Worthington