Ipswich Town FC under fire for decision to ban under fives from ground’s lower tiers
An Ipswich Town fan has criticised the club’s new policy to ban under fives from Portman Road’s lower tiers, saying it could cost him an extra £110 a season.
Richard Moss, 39, from Bury St Edmunds, has taken his sons Elliot, 10, Oliver, seven, and Archie, four, and his step-daughter Lexie, five, to cheer the Blues for the last three years.
Sitting in the Sir Alf Ramsey stand, a few rows from the front, Richard said they get a great view of the pitch and can cheer the players from the tunnel.
But he says a new policy from the club to ban under fives from the lower tiers will mean he will have to take his kids to sit in the upper East of England Co-Operative stand - as Archie turns five in November.
The club says the new policy is to protect children from being hit by wayward balls.
Richard said by moving to another stand, he could lose his current seats.
“I have never heard anything like it,” he said.
“There are three places we can move to and still get the £10 child’s season tickets but it will cost me an extra £110.
“It is health and safety gone mad. I mean, what are the chances of getting hit by the ball?
“They should be encouraging kids to go to the football - these are the future supporters. They say we could move back to our seats when Archie turns five, but if we get promoted what are the chances of that?”
A spokesman for the club said: “There are only going to be a few people affected by the decision. In most cases there wouldn’t be an additional charge whatsoever.
“The decision was made for safety reasons. People being hit by footballs is the biggest reason for injuries at football stadiums and we have had instances of babies being brought to games just rows from the front. “We have got to have the cut-off somewhere so we took medical advice and it was suggested under fives would be a reasonable line to draw.”
If you are affected by the new rules, call the ITFC ticket office on 0333 0050503.