Diamonds hand out supporter bans after play-off final fracas

The play-off final between St Ives Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds
The play-off final between St Ives Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds

AFC Rushden & Diamonds have handed out bans to supporters involved in an unsavoury incident after their play-off final defeat at St Ives.

There was trouble in front of the main stand at the full-time whistle, with a number of fans clashing.

And now after a thorough investigation, Diamonds have handed out indefinite bans to two supporters and a three-year ban to another.

A further supporter has been given a suspended ban.

A club statement read: “Supporters may be aware of an incident at the end of the play off final match v St Ives Town FC on May 2, 2016.

“The club has, with the support of and in consultation with the Northamptonshire Police Football Liaison Officer, conducted a thorough investigation into the incident.

“As a result, two supporters have been banned from all games for an indefinite period.

“A third supporter has been banned from all games for a period of three years and a further supporter has been banned for a period of one year which has been suspended on condition that they complete 30 hours of voluntary work for the club by the end of 2016.

“All supporters are reminded that the club will not tolerate poor behaviour at any of our fixtures, home or away, and will act swiftly to identify and ban any supporter whose behaviour brings the club into disrepute.

“We are a fan owned club run by volunteers and actions of this nature undermine both the enormous amount of good work they do and the good name of the club in the wider football community.”

Diamonds lost the final 2-1 after extra-time after a goal from Elliot Sandy put them infront with just eight minutes left.

They now look set to compete in the Northern League Division One South next season.