VSI
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

Levy
FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Aston Villa to 're-educate' stewards following fan ejection controversy

Tue 2nd Nov 2010 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Aston Villa Football Club’s non-executive director, General Charles C Krulak has promised a review of the club's stewarding guidelines after a teenage fan was ejected from the ground after heading the ball back towards the pitch during Sunday’s derby clash with Birmingham City according to the Birmingham Post.

The young fan was removed from Villa Park after heading the ball back onto the pitch and subsequently falling over the advertising hoardings and near the edge of the pitch.

A Villa spokeswoman confirmed the fan was ejected for “encroaching on the playing area”.

But the club was branded “over-zealous” by the Football Supporters’ Federation and the incident even warranted a mention on the BBC’s Match Of The Day 2 following the brief highlights of the uneventful 0-0 draw.

Now General Charles C Krulak, non-executive director and right-hand man to chairman Randy Lerner, has promised to "re-educate" the club's stewards to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere at the ground.

Posting on the Vital Aston Villa online forum, he said he had spoken with the club's head of security, and added: "Stewards have a great deal to do with the atmosphere around the club. If they are judicious in the exercise of their responsibilities, if they understand the concept of "customer friendly", they will be far more effective.

"They need to exercise fairness in the treatment of all fans, home and away. John [Handley, head of security] is meeting with all the senior stewards to "re-educate" them on how to carry out their duties.

"Obviously, they do have a responsibility to ensure health and safety, but how they go about it is very important. We will fix this. Over zealous stewards can destroy the atmosphere of the club as fast as poor play."

Football Supporters’ Federation spokesman Michael Brunskill said: “The response of the stewards looked totally over-the-top and unwarranted.

“What should have been a funny incident ended up ruining a fan’s day. It’s indicative of the over-zealous attitude to supporters many stewards seem to have.

“We hope no further action is taken and we would advise the fan involved to get in touch with us.”

 

 

 

 

If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk or ryan@fcbusiness.co.uk

 

 

 

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Everton Plan New Stadium At Bramley Moore Dock

Thu 23rd Mar 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Everton Football Club’s search for a site to build a new stadium are finally set to come to an end as they announce plans to build an iconic waterfront stadium in the city. Liverpool City...

Former Groundsman Praises Playability Of SISGrass

Mon 13th Mar 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Former Hull City groundsman Craig Backhouse believes more football clubs should join the SISGrass revolution. Backhouse, who now works as an Installation Supervisor at SIS Pitches, worked at Hull City...

SIS Pitches Enjoy Dominant Year Following Key Projects

Fri 24th Feb 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Sports pitch-specialists SIS Pitches enjoyed a standout year in 2016, as a number of prestigious projects helped to propel the company to even greater heights. With a group turnover exceeding...

SIS Pitches Seal Fourth World Cup Stadium

Thu 23rd Feb 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

SIS Pitches has agreed a contract to complete work for a fourth stadium for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The new Baltic Arena, Kaliningrad, one of twelve stadiums to be used during the finals, is set...