Championship club press release after rivals Sunderland were fined £70,000 by the FA

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The fine relates to scenes after last season’s Championship play-off semi-final against Luton Town on Monday May 16, 2022, with Huddersfield Town deemed to have breached FA rule E20.1.

The FA ruled the club failed to ensure that their spectators “conduct themselves in an orderly manner and refrain from the use of provocative, threatening and violent behavior while encroaching on the pitch”.

However, the sanction is subject to appeal. Huddersfield Town chief operating officer Ann Hough commented on the club’s website.

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 16: Harry Toffolo (C) of Huddersfield Town celebrates winning the Sky Bet Play-Off Championship Semi-Final match between Huddersfield Town1 and Luton Town at John Smith Stadium on May 16, 2022 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“The severity of this fine is a clear indication of the gravity of the events following our semi-final win over Luton,” she said. “Alongside other similar scenes across football at this time were taken by the governing bodies.

“We fully understand what a great moment reaching the play-off final was for our supporters and being able to celebrate together is an important part of being a fan. However, some people have drifted far beyond that line in the evening.

“It’s also why we constantly insist that no one should be on the pitch except the players and technical staff. Massive incursions of this nature raise real security concerns, and the football authorities – and the Club – cannot sit idly by and wait for a serious injury to occur.

“We have no choice but to take significant action against any individual who rushes onto the field of play at any time or acts in a defiant, threatening or violent manner. This will range from bans from John Smith Stadium to legal action. There is no place for this kind of behavior in Huddersfield Town.

“In addition to this significant fine, it is possible that there will also be financial implications for the policing and stewardship costs of the club if our matches are now deemed to be riskier than before. The financial impact will not should not be underestimated.

“The vast majority of our supporters bring credit to the Club – I want to make this clear – but it is important that everyone understands the connotations of these events.”

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