FOOTBALL fans could be allowed to hang out on the terraces in time for the start of the new season despite a string of recent pitch invasions.
Sports Minister Nigel Huddlestone said he was “inclined to change the existing policy of all places” so that safety could be introduced.
He said security checks at some games had passed and proven to be safe and he would hand over licenses to the intimate club for the new season.
He said ‘celebrations are more orderly with no possibility of movement back and forth’ and it was ‘easier to identify pockets of overcrowding’ and ‘barriers provide stability for people moving through walkways and walkways”.
It comes after The Sun revealed a top cop was among thousands of Bournemouth supporters who burst onto the pitch when promoted.
Sarah Derbyshire, 49, and two colleagues were spotted on the turf during the May 3 cheering celebrations, despite it being illegal for fans to enter a pitch ‘without lawful authority or legal excuse’.
There have been a series of similar invasions across the country with players assaulted and managers caught in skirmishes.
The latest was at Premier League title winners Man City on Sunday, where Sky pundit and former Manchester United star Gary Neville described the invasion as “deeply concerning”.