Brighton & Hove Albion might be able to acquire promotion this weekend but the club have warned fans that they should keep off the pitch.
The club announced in a statement for fans that in the event of promotion to the Premier League at the AMEX that fans should remain off the pitch. It included messages from Chris Hughton as well as club captain Bruno saying that the grass is off-limits should it be achieved at home.
— BHAFC ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) April 12, 2017
The fans of the Seagulls however were understandably disappointed that their celebrations would be limited to the stands. Some even offered sarcastic “Good luck” messages to the club, suggesting that supporters would ignore the message and proceed to encroach regardless.
— Steven (@Steven9BHA) April 12, 2017
— Tony (@TonyBN3) April 12, 2017
It is tradition for fans to celebrate achievement by going on the pitch. Whether it be reaching a cup final or gaining promotion, there is nothing fans love more than celebrating with the players on the hallowed turf. We’ve already seen it a couple of times this season, just last weekend Sheffield United fans made it onto the pitch at Sixfields. Back in February Coventry fans went on at the Ricoh after beating Wycombe to reach the Checkatrade Trophy final.
@OfficialBHAFC This tweet is pointless. It won't stop a single person going onto the pitch.
— Bryan (@bryanpositive) April 12, 2017
@OfficialBHAFC Have a day off
— Harry Hatchet (@HarryHatchett) April 12, 2017
@OfficialBHAFC I promise I won't *fingers crossed behind my back*
— Alex Evans (@Evs74Alex) April 12, 2017
With two of their five remaining games at home against Wigan and Bristol City there is a serious chance that the eventuality may come about. This will give the Brighton board and stewards a head ache and extra staff may be employed going into the final fixtures. The Easter Monday clash against relegation favourites Wigan Athletic is the match with the highest opportunity for promotion to be finalised.