Wildcats issue banning orders after crowd trouble

Wakefield Wildcats have issued five men with indefinite banning orders after an investigation into a crowd disturbance.

They were identified from footage captured by Sky Sports and eye witness accounts from the home match against Widnes Vikings on July 8 when fighting broke out.

Paul Lowes, Andy Evans, Paul Wood, Ian Turner and Mark Judd are banned from entering the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and buying away match tickets.

Their pictures have also be sent to all other Super League clubs and the Rugby Football League.

Wildcats General Manager, Davide Longo, said: “We’ve carried out a very thorough investigation that is still ongoing, but from the information we have been able to gather thus far from supporters, video footage and in discussion with our security team, we have successfully identified these individuals and concluded that they were involved in the disturbances.

“Banning people from the stadium is not something we ever want to do, but it is imperative that supporters of all ages can come to watch games in a safe and enjoyable environment. We won’t allow people to tarnish the reputation of our club and the sport as a whole.”

To prevent a repeat of more violence the club has taken the unprecedented step of segregating opposing fans at the home match against Leeds Rhinos on Friday.

Mr Longo said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly but given recent events we feel it is necessary.”

This week the club has also installed a new CCTV system.