PNE tell fans to behave

North End supporters at Ashton Gate on Saturday
North End supporters at Ashton Gate on Saturday
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Preston North End have urged supporters to behave at away matches after the FA sent a second letter condemning their fans’ behaviour and the use of flares.

Whilst PNE stressed the offenders were in the minority, they emphasised that the club would not tolerate hooliganism.

A statement said: “With this being the second time such a letter has been received by the club, we feel it is vitally important that the club reiterates our stance that detrimental behaviour, no matter how small the numbers involved are, will not be accepted by the club in any way, shape or form.

“We urge the small minority to please behave respectfully and to back the manager and the players like the vast majority of our support do when visiting other stadiums.”

The first warning about PNE’s away support came after distruption during North End’s 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe at Glanford Park on August, 16.

And the second arrived today after the police recovered five pyrotechnic devices during North End’s 1-0 victory over League One table-toppers Bristol City at Ashton Gate last Saturday.

North End took 904 fans to face the Robins and the club have warned that the charges may impact the number of tickets they are allocated at away grounds in future.

On top of that, the club may have to cough up a hefty fine and PNE believe the financial implications – coupled with the need to strengthen in January after the loss of Joe Garner to injury and Callum Robinson’s return to parent club Aston Villa – may impact on their promotion dream.

The statement said: “The club now need to respond to these charges and sanctions could include a reduced allocation of tickets for away matches and/or financial penalties which would of course be to the detriment of our playing squad, which ultimately hinders our chances of promotion back to the Championship – something everyone associated with Preston North End is striving towards.”