Date: 28th April 2017 at 2:06am
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Brighton chairman Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber have requested that fans stay in their seats at the full time whistle in this weekend’s game against Bristol City.

With victory clinching the Championship title with promotion already secured, there is certainly going to be a party atmosphere at the Amex Stadium, but the duo have asked fans to stay in their seats when the final whistle blows so that the players can do a proper end of season lap of honour to award the crowd – and hopefully we’ll be lifting the trophy on the pitch as well.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game on Saturday, Bloom said.

‘The players want the opportunity to show their appreciation to the fans on the lap of honour around the pitch. Some would also like their families to join them, so we would ask all supporters to stay in their seats on the final whistle. Also, if we secure the title over the weekend, we want the players to receive the trophy, at the Amex, in front of our home supporters – and any pitch invasion could scupper that.’

Barber went on to add.

‘It was a wonderful day at the Wigan game, and despite our requests, we saw a mass invasion from fans, which was an iconic moment. However, having had the pitch invasion, we would ask the fans to let Chris Hughton, the players and the squad the opportunity of a proper lap of honour – and hopefully receive the trophy!.’

Brighton have been asked by the Football Association for their thoughts on the Wigan pitch invasion and for the preventative measures taken to avoid it happening – given the FA only seem to take celebratory pitch invasions seriously at Premier League and Championship clubs, where it’s more the ‘done thing’ at League One and Two level, obviously there’s also a seriousness to the stay in your seats request.

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