The Football League has been informed by the Police that after receiving advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) there is insufficient evidence to bring charges against any specific individual relating to breaches of segregation at May's npower Championship Play-Off Final between Blackpool and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium.
The League had asked the Lancashire Constabulary to investigate the matter after significant numbers of West Ham supporters obtained tickets in the Blackpool area of the stadium. This breach of segregation led to several incidences of crowd disorder which were dealt with by the Police and Wembley stewards.
The investigation discovered that some tickets had been sold on a commercial basis through third parties, however, the CPS concluded that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges. It also appears likely that many others were sold to West Ham United fans by individual Blackpool supporters, consequently the club is in the process of taking action to ban individuals linked to those sales from its matches.
Discussions between The Football League, Blackpool Football Club, Wembley Stadium and the Police have culminated in a review of ticket sales procedures for this type of match. And whilst it is regrettable that anyone should have their day at Wembley spoiled in this way, it is envisaged that the additional steps being introduced will reduce the likelihood of this type of incident happening again.
Finally, we would like to thank the Lancashire Constabulary for their assistance with this investigation.