MK Dons statement following Loftus Road crowd trouble

Police in the MK Dons end at Loftus Road. Pic: Tom Blackman.

Police in the MK Dons end at Loftus Road. Pic: Tom Blackman.

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MK Dons have said they are ‘extremely disappointed’ following the arrests of seven people after fighting broke out in the away end at QPR’s Loftus Road on Saturday.

Dons’ 3-0 defeat was marred by the scenes late in the game as they dropped to 20th in the Championship.

A club statement read: “MK Dons are working with the police, the Operations and Safety team at QPR and other eye-witnesses to identify the facts behind the incident that led to a small number of arrests in the away section at Loftus Road on Saturday.

“The club encourages all supporters to express their passion and support for their team in a safe, secure and enjoyable environment, and we are committed to preventing people from behaving in a manner likely to jeopardise the safety or enjoyment of others, or to discredit the Club or the community of Milton Keynes.

“Therefore, as a club, we are extremely disappointed by the actions of a small number of spectators in the away section of the ground on Saturday. It is totally out of character with our reputation of being a family-friendly football club - something that has been nurtured and developed over a number of years in conjunction with our Supporters Association (MKDSA) and the majority of our fans.

“Our Supporter Charter clearly states that any spectator convicted of a football-related offence, whether at stadiummk or another club’s ground, will become subject to a ban in addition to any punishment they receive from the authorities. We will have no hesitation in banning those who may subsequently be convicted of violent behaviour arising from the incident on Saturday.

“At this stage, we are still in the process of establishing the full details of what occurred. When we have ascertained all the facts and the police have completed their investigations, we may be in a position to comment further.

“In the meantime, if any supporters wish to confidentially provide the Club with information then please contact the Safety Team by emailing safetyteam@mkdons.com or calling 01908 622999.”