EPL to ban ‘bad’ spectators from stadiums for at least a year


Racism Son of Tottenham Hotspur, Heung-min is about to take a corner kick in the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea on the 15th of last month, while a spectator tears his eyes to the side and mocks him. SNS Chelsea

The English Premier League (EPL) has decided to take strict action against the abuse and harassment of players and clubs by spectators.

On the morning of the 22nd (Korea time), the British BBC media reported, “The 20 EPL clubs have unanimously decided to ban spectators who have committed anti-social and criminal acts from entering the stadium for at least one year .” The EPL stressed that all anti-social and criminal acts that occur in the stadium will be reported to the police.

In recent times, in the UK, the number of spectators entering the ground, the use of flares and smoke grenades, throwing objects, illegal entry into the stadium, violent incidents, and racism during matches has increased quickly in England. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) also experienced racism. There are even cases of threats to players as well as their families.

According to the BBC, Son’s teammate, Eric Dier, is reluctant to have his family come to the stadium. Because they fear the viewers could harm their families. Dyer even got into a fight with a spectator who insulted his brother. “In the EPL, the number of spectators who go beyond the limits continues to grow,” said Dyer.

Last month, Son Heung-min became the target of racism. During the Tottenham-Chelsea match held in London on the 15th of last month, Son Heung-min was about to take a corner kick when a spectator tore his eyes to the side. This behavior is meant to mock Asians.

Senior Reporter Lee Jun-ho

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