Woking Football Club has said it will not tolerate bad behaviour after some of its supporters went on the pitch and a smoke bomb was thrown during their opening match of the season.

The incidents happened when Woking midfielder Max Kretzschmar scored a 97th-minute penalty to give his side victory away at East Thurrock United on Saturday (4 August). At Tuesday night’s home match with St Albans City, eight people, thought to be part of the 532-strong crowd at East Thurrock and involved in the unrest, were interviewed by police and the Woking Safety Officer.

Several of those interviewed were issued with short-term bans from attending Woking home matches pending further investigations. It is a criminal offence for spectators to enter the field of play or take pyrotechnics to matches.

Among those spoken to by officers was a 15-year-old, with also police taking time to see his parents.

In a statement the club said: “The club reiterate that any misbehaviour such as we have seen will not be tolerated, either home or away, and the perpetrators are not welcome. We are however hopeful that following this action there will be no repetition.

“Positively the general support in the first two games has been fantastic – loud and positive – a credit to the club and much appreciated, in particular, by the players.”

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