Saints avoid action after Hemel pitch invasion

St Albans City will face no further action from the Football Association following the pitch invasion during the Hemel Hempstead game at Clarence Park on October 21.

A late equaliser from former Saint Moussa Diarra sparked a huge celebration from the travelling support as a number of fans got onto the pitch and a flare was thrown.

The club received a later from the FA’s head of stadia safety in the wake of the incident but no further action will be taken. The club has taken its own steps to prevent another incident, employing a professional security team for the Hitchin Town and Mansfield Town games.

St Albans City FC secretary Steve Eames said: “We have struggled for a while to recruit and keep club stewards and the Hemel incident brought that to a head so myself and Nick Archer [the club’s chairman] took the decision to engage a professional company.

“Given that we are doing well in the cups and crowds are rising, we needed to react to adhere to the requirements of our recently renewed safety certificate and to comply with police instructions for the FA Cup tie.

“We did receive a letter from the Head of Stadia Safety and Security at the FA regarding the incident, but he accepted our explanation and was satisfied with the security plan we have put in place and no further action will be taken.”