Following incidents at our last two games Oxford United would like to ask fans to help us ensure that matches are played in a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
Away at Wycombe Wanderers and then at home to Sheffield Wednesday the games have been held up by individuals running on to the pitch.
Going on to the field of play is a criminal offence and in both cases the person involved, one an Oxford fan, has been banned from attending football games for three years. A lifetime ban is the maximum punishment available.
We love the passion and the support our fans give us but we ask everyone to please stay off the pitch and behave.
With recent evidence of increasing disorder at some football matches since the lifting of lockdown, we would like to ensure that this trend doesn't affect our own games.
We continue to review footage and reports from fans of homophobic chants at Wycombe and will take appropriate action to stamp that out, and we will also work with the police to study all available evidence after incidents at Saturday’s game that left two stewards requiring hospital treatment after serious incidents in the away area.
We thank the vast majority of fans who give the team amazing support home and away, and we note that half of the incidents above involved fans from our opponents, but the other two did not and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Oxford United matches remain safe and welcoming for all.