Bolton and Wigan Issue Statements on Crowd Unrest

  • October 16, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic have pledged to work alongside Greater Manchester Police following crowd trouble at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Home spectators, who had seen a number of smoke bombs thrown in their direction from an upper tier of visiting supporters early in the game, were later seen throwing objects in the direction of Latics players as they celebrated goals in their team's 4-0 away victory.

There was further unrest when Wigan fans based in the front rows of the aforementioned upper tier began to unhook and drop advertising hoardings onto their fellow travellers, and both clubs have vowed to take any necessary action to prevent a repeat of such incidents.

A statement from Bolton, posted at bwfc.co.uk, read: "Bolton Wanderers are investigating a number of incidents of crowd disorder at Saturday's game against Wigan Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium.

"A number of spectators from both clubs were ejected following incidents in the second half when objects - including pyrotechnics - were thrown onto the pitch.

"Wanderers will continue to work closely with Greater Manchester Police to identify offenders and take action.

"Wanderers, meanwhile, firmly condemn any form of crowd disorder at their games.

"Such behaviour at the University of Bolton Stadium will not be tolerated and the club will seek to take the appropriate action against any supporters found to have been involved in any of the incidents reported on Saturday or in the future."

Wigan echoed the statement of their neighbours, adding: "We will work closely with Bolton Wanderers and Greater Manchester Police to support their investigations into crowd disorder at today's game at the University of Bolton Stadium.

"We condemn any instances of disorder from today's match and will take appropriate action against any perpetrators who breached ground regulations during the game."

Footage posted to social media following the game appeared to show trouble continuing en-route to the Horwich Parkway train station, while one Wigan supporter had their car vandalised on the streets surrounding the Middlebrook Retail Park.

On Thursday, in the build up to the fixture, Wanderers chairman Sharon Brittan had made a plea for fans to act in a peaceful manner, with warnings of an increased police presence in and around the stadium.

Unfortunately, Ms Brittain's polite words had little effect on a minority who attended with a sole purpose of causing disruption that will almost certainly see both clubs hit in the pocket by the Football Association.

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