PNE fans given warning

Alex Nimely (top) is training with PNE

Alex Nimely (top) is training with PNE

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Preston North End have warned a small minority of their fans to cut out the anti-social behaviour at away games or risk lengthy bans.

The Lilywhites have been asked by the Football Association for their response to incidents during last week’s 4-0 victory at Scunthorpe.

There was damage done to some seats in the away end and there was twice encroachment on to the pitch after North End’s final two goals.

At other away matches last season there were similar incidents of anti-social behaviour.

PNE are quick to point out that it is only a minority of supporters involved and that the vast majority are following the team in the right manner.

But there is the possibility of financial penalties against the club if there are further problems.

Ben Rhodes, general manager at North End, told the Evening Post: “On Monday we were contacted by the FA asking for our observations on a couple of incidents at Scunthorpe.

“Some damage was done to seats and some fans came on the pitch after the third and fourth goals.

“It is only a minority but this could cost us money in fines if the FA choose to act.

“That is money which we can ill afford because we want to spend it on the team.

“We are working closely with Lancashire Police and our ground safety team to try and identify these people who have been involved in incidents of disorder.

“In behaving like this they run the risk of lengthy bans or even life bans by the club.

“What we recognise is that we have one of the best away supports in this division, both in terms of numbers and vocal backing.

“Many times Simon Grayson and the players have commented after away games about how valuable the support has been.

“But there are a handful of people who are using following the club as an excuse to behave in a way which they wouldn’t do at home or on the streets.

“We want all our fans to go to other grounds and support Preston in the right manner.”

Meanwhile, PNE are running the rule over former Manchester City striker Alex Nimely.

The 23-year-old, who spent time on loan at Middlesbrough, Coventry and Crystal Palace, is currently without a club after being released by City.

No deal is in the pipeline at this stage, with the England Under-20s international just being given a chance to train.

North End have interest in other strikers too but at the moment are concentrating on trimming the numbers in the squad.

Joel Byrom went on loan to Northampton on Thursday until January, and that deal could well be made permanent in the New Year. Plymouth were also chasing him.

There is interest being shown by other clubs in David Buchanan and Paul Huntington, so too in Nick Anderton, who PNE want to loan out for first-team experience.

And former Preston striker Iain Hume is to play for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League this autumn.