Football “cannot bear to incur the gamble” of a player or coach being severely harmed during a pitch assault, and administrators must react “quickly” to deal with the issue.
Maheta Molango, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), stated that “very high-profile players” had shown worry over the present spate of incidences.
In recent weeks, there have been a bunch of pitch invasions following games in England, with fans assaulting players.
After headbutting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp, a fan was put in prison, while Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was attacked at Manchester City.
Following his side’s Premier League defeat at Goodison Park last week, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was caught in an altercation with an Everton follower during a pitch invasion.
After their League Two play-off semi-final defeat at Port Vale, Swindon Town players were “physically and verbally assaulted.”
“No one sees what the future brings. Molango told The Sports Desk podcast, “We simply can’t take a risk on that.”
“A lot of the time, a sense of invincibility is what pushes people to behave in inappropriate ways.”
“Once individuals are aware that they will be monitored, detected, and condemned, I assume it will be an element that will hopefully push people to take action better.”
Molango claimed that it is not the duty of the PFA to seek answers and that the issues are generated by a “minority” of supporters.
However, he added that players have raised concerns about feeling awkward at work and that incidents, including invasions, have been “expected.”
“I guess we need to ensure that proper lessons are learned as a consequence of what has done, and hopefully we can ensure that people realize it,” he said.
“Finally, the pitch is the players’ and managers’ worksite, and I accept we sometimes forget that. Every one of us, I assume, would like to go to work understanding that he or she will be secure, and I feel that this should be the objective.”
The PFA has submitted an effects statement to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will be read out when instances of football-related violence go to court.
Players have been exposed to “targeted attack” and “left entirely defenseless and isolated during frequent, large pitch invasions,” according to the statement signed by PFA chair and Oxford United captain John Mousinho.
They have an “intensified feeling of insecurity” because they are conscious that any reaction, even in self-defense, could have “lengthy impacts” due to their profile, as per the report.
“Pitch invasions occur frequently at the end of a critical game when a player is already in an elevated emotional state,” it says. As a result, you soon feel imprisoned and alone when many supporters rush onto the pitch, often preventing your departure and vision of teammates and personnel.
“There is usually a widespread sense that the situation is out of hand.
“As a stranded player, you easily discover yourself outnumbered, encircled, and unprotected.”
“It is a terrible circumstance to be in. It’s difficult to decide who poses a threat and, possibly, who is intent on causing major injury in what may be a chaotic atmosphere when you’re being pushed, bumped against, and shouted at by supporters.”
According to the statement, when family members of players observe pitch invasions, they can feel “defenseless, frightened, and traumatised,” according to the report.
In next month’s EFL summer meeting, pitch invasions are likely a widespread issue.
“We are examining our regulations to help stamp out this behaviour and guarantee the safety of everyone within a stadium,” the FA stated.