The Football Club has released the below statement with regards to the crowd trouble at last Saturday’s derby match against FC Halifax Town.
It has been reported that there were incidents of disorder both during and after the fixture between Bradford Park Avenue and F.C. Halifax Town last weekend.
These incidents have now been investigated in our regular post-match briefing, and it has been established that the chief cause was due to an infiltration of young men who were not Bradford Park Avenue supporters, with no affiliation to the Club. Their sole purpose for being at the game that day was to seek a confrontation with the F.C. Halifax Town supporters.
From video evidence inside the ground and from information gathered from other sources, a number of young Bradford Park Avenue supporters have also been identified as having associated themselves with troubles inside the stadium prior to kick off.
The local Police were informed by the Council’s Safety Officer before the end of the game of the potential for further confrontation between the two factions when they left the stadium. Whilst the public order offences, which took place outside the stadium after the match, are not in the Council’s nor the Football Club’s jurisdiction, this behaviour will not be tolerated.
Action will be taken against those people involved and the appropriate response is still being considered.
Bradford Park Avenue Community Football Club regrets any distress caused as a result of the trouble witnessed at the weekend and will work alongside Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police to eradicate such incidents.
Whilst this is the first occasion that anything of this nature has taken place at Horsfall Stadium, the events of that weekend have been studied by our landlords Bradford Council, Stewards deployed on the day, and Directors of the Club and any amendments to our standard match day procedures will be made.
The club will be making no further comment at this time.