Forest Green Rovers has threatened fans with a ban after it was discovered that more than 50 people have been using fraudulent tickets to gain entry to The New Lawn.

The English League Two football club released a statement revealing that some supporters have been getting into the stadium using discounted tickets, including adults that have purchased child passes.

The club has warned repeat offenders that they could be banned from attending games.

Forest Green said: “After several weeks of CCTV investigation, we undertook a check of ticketing across all stands at The New Lawn last weekend.

“Regrettably, we found widespread abuse of our ticketing discounts, including those intended for young fans.

“More than 50 people were caught in home areas using incorrect ticket categories. We also found two adult supporters who had purchased season tickets for minors – these have now been permanently cancelled.

“We also want to remind fans of the terms and conditions around lending your season ticket to someone else. We encourage this – but there are rules attached.

“The season ticket owner to needs to email ahead of matchday, with the subject line ‘Season Ticket Authorisation’ – with your seat and row number and home address, as well as the name and address of the person you are lending your season ticket. They need to be in the same ticket category as you.

“Over 3,100 fans attended Saturday’s game and paid the fair price for admission – please purchase the correct ticket. Money spent at The New Lawn is reinvested into the club and facilities for you.”

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