Cardiff City condemn pitch invaders during Brighton clash as club issue strong statement and police informed

Cardiff City have condemned those who invaded the pitch during their Carabao Cup second-round fixture with Brighton on Tuesday night.

The match was interrupted by several fans making their way on to the pitch at Cardiff City Stadium, marring a game which was otherwise played in exceptionally good spirit.

But three individuals entered the playing arena during the course of the match and have subsequently been reported to the police by the club.

It means Cardiff will now likely incur further costs in anticipation of EFL sanctions and security charges. It is thought that this could set the Bluebirds back as much as £15,000 — certainly not pocket change.

This comes in light of news that the club will also be hit with a £5,000 for “failing to control their players during a heated exchange” in the Peterborough match last week.

The club, which has seen only seven pitch runners in the previous seven seasons combined, have therefore understandably issued a strong statement to voice its disappointment at the three people involved in the incidents in the hope this will not become a regular problem.

Cardiff City Football Club is very disappointed by the actions of three persons who entered the playing arena during Tuesday evening’s Carabao Cup fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion,” the club wrote in a statement.

“All three individuals have been reported to South Wales Police and the Club is preparing an impact statement that will support those individuals being charged under the Football Offences Act (1991).

“It is of paramount importance that the playing arena remains a safe area for players and officials; it is a criminal offence to enter the field of play or the area adjacent to it.

“The actions of the three individuals who committed offences on Tuesday evening will likely result in convictions, fines and three-year Football Banning Orders administered by the courts.

“As part of this process, the Club will also be applying for costs to cover expected EFL sanctions and increased ongoing security charges.

“Cardiff City FC would like to thank the vast majority of its supporters who abide by the Club’s ground regulations (click here for reference) and support the Bluebirds with the best will and intention.”

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