Club Statement Issued 25th January 2012
‘Following a series of meetings between the Glenavon board of directors, the Club’s Safety Officer and the Club’s Qualified person for Mourneview Park as approved by Craigavon Borough Council, it has been decided that the Crescent Stand will be closed at future home games until further notice.. This decision was taken in response to the incidents that occurred on Boxing Day and during the Irish Cup game on January 14.
The irresponsible actions of a small number of people frequenting the Crescent Stand are jeopardising our status as an IFA Premiership club by repeatedly breaching the terms of our Domestic Licence issued by the Irish Football Association and our Safety Certificate issued by Craigavon Borough Council. Despite repeated warnings, these individuals appear determined to land the club in trouble with the authorities. This situation clearly cannot be allowed to happen and unfortunately the financial cost of providing security and safety to our supporters and safety stewards within the Crescent Stand has become disproportionate to the benefits of the Stand remaining open. The club very much regrets the inconvenience closure of the Crescent Stand will cause to our genuine supporters who frequent that stand on match days.
In addition club officials will be meeting with senior police officers from the Lurgan area this week to discuss the police investigations into Boxing Day and on Saturday 14 January. In partnership with the PSNI, the Club will be looking at what further steps can be taken to avoid any repeated incidents and how the Club can fulfil its legal and duty of care obligations to prevent such incidents and deal with those individuals who break the law and breach the terms of the club’s Code of Conduct.
The Club wishes to put on record its appreciation for the excellent work of our safety stewards who, week after week, attend games in all weathers to ensure your health and safety at games. Without the presence of our qualified stewards games would not be permitted to be played at Mourneview Park. Glenavon Football Club has a duty of care to our stewards and we wish to make it abundantly clear that in future the club will operate a zero tolerance policy of abuse or violence directed at any steward or club official performing duty at Mourneview Park.
Finally, we wish the steward from Select Security who received minor injuries from an unprovoked assault at the Irish Cup game on the 14 January our best wishes for a speedy recovery’.