Woking FC supporter banned for smashing window at Kingfield Stadium
By mattcollison | Thursday, March 07, 2013, 11:13
A FOOTBALL hooligan has been banned after smashing a window at Woking FC's Kingfield Stadium following the team's defeat by Mansfield Town last night.
A Woking FC supporter smashed a dressing room window with his hand.
Reports that a brick was thrown through the dressing room window, occupied by the opposition team, have been denied by the club.
It said a Woking FC fan smashed the glass with his hand while Mansfield Town players were inside the room. No-one was injured, the club said.
Club chairman Mike Smith said he has apologised to Mansfield Town for the home supporter's actions which came after a 2-1 defeat.
Mr Smith described the supporter's actions as "repulsive and deplorable".
He said in a statement issued today (March 7): "Following last night's Blue Square Bet Premier home game against Mansfield Town, an individual home supporter, who was exiting the stadium broke the window to the away team dressing room with his hand. "Stories about a brick being thrown are untrue. Mansfield officials and players were inside the room and thankfully, no one was injured.
"For reasons of personal safety and in the interests of wider safety and crowd management, ground operations staff and security removed the individual from the situation, as Mansfield players and officials understandably reacted. Order was quickly restored.
"On behalf of Woking Football Club and its supporters, I apologised to the Director, players and officials of Mansfield Town, which was accepted. The individual responsible is known to the club as a season ticket holder and has had the privilege removed. In addition, he has also been informed he is no longer welcome at the club. Woking Football Club has also referred the matter to Surrey Police.
"This kind of behaviour is repulsive and deplorable to all proper fans of football. It has no place in football or at Kingfield."
A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: "Surrey Police can confirm it has received a third party report at 1.07pm today (March 7) of a crime related incident at Woking Football Club in Kingfield Road, Kingfield, Woking last night (Wednesday, March 6)."