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Action taken after crowd disturbance at East Thurrock

WOKING Football Club has taken swift action following away day crowd unrest at East Thurrock on Saturday (August 4).

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The opening day National League South victory was marred by reports of crowd unrest and “a smoke bomb being thrown” that brought FA censure, according to the club.

The club posted a notice to all away supporters on Monday (August 6) thanking them for their passionate away support, but warned the “small minority” of perpetrators could face a punishment for possession of flares/smoke bombs and entering the field of play during matches.

Eight people suspected of being involved were jointly interviewed by the Woking Safety Officer and police on Tuesday (August 7), at the 2-1 home victory over St Albans City.

A Woking FC spokesman said: “Following crowd unrest, including a smoke bomb being thrown, at the initial away game at East Thurrock, which brought FA censure, Woking Football Club has taken swift action to avoid any repetition.

“This resulted in quite a number of them being banned from the Laithwaite Community Stadium for several matches pending further investigations.”

The eight people investigated included a 15-year-old, and the club said police will be speaking to his parents.

A spokesman said: “The club reiterate that any misbehaviour such as we have seen will not be tolerated, either home or away, and the perpetrators are not welcome. We are however hopeful that following this action there will be no repetition.”


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