Love football. Protect the game.


Wembley Stadium connected by EE has reiterated its commitment to tackling unacceptable fan behaviour ahead of the Emirates FA Cup Final and the EFL Championship Play-Off Final this weekend.

The stadium has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of illegal, anti-social, discriminatory and offensive conduct, including chanting about football-related tragedies. The use of pyros inside or outside the ground is also prohibited.

Wembley Stadium’s crowd safety team work hard to ensure perpetrators of this behaviour are quickly identified and reported to the Police.Those found to have committed an offence could face football bans and potential criminal prosecution.

At last month’s two Emirates FA Cup Sem-Finals, the Police made a total of 51 arrests. Just under half of these arrests were for matters linked to pyrotechnics, tailgating and hate crimes, including two individuals arrested for tragedy chanting and homophobic abuse.

More than a fifth of the total arrests were for drug-related offences. Six of the arrests were violence related, involving three assaults on emergency workers. One fan was arrested for harming a police horse.

As Wembley Stadium prepares to host this year’s UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 1 June, several enhancements have been put in place at recent events to protect the safety, enjoyment and experience for everyone.

It includes more stewards, additional ticket checks, improved fencing, new security lanes and increased enforcement of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which prohibits the consumption of alcohol around the stadium on event days.

All these measures will be in place for the Emirates FA Cup Final on Saturday 25 May, and EFL Championship Play-Off Final on Sunday 26 May, alongside a visible police presence.

Fans are reminded to only travel to Wembley Stadium if they have a match ticket.

Love Football. Protect the Game.

At the start of the 2023/24 season, The FA, alongside the other English football authorities, announced a new and tougher stance on unacceptable behaviour at football matches through the ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ campaign.

This campaign included a focus on improving fan behaviour by making it clear that dangerous, illegal, discriminatory and offensive conduct, including chanting about football-related tragedies, will not be tolerated in stadiums – with perpetrators facing football bans and potential criminal action. The collective approach was introduced to help ensure that the actions of the minority do not jeopardise the safety or the enjoyment of the game for everyone.