Crystal Palace Football Club risked the anger of their most loyal fans when they issued a statement late last night effectively banning banners from Selhurst Park unless they had been passed for approval in advance by the club.
Banned: wit, freedom of expression and social conscience. A thing of the past at Selhurst Park
With Palace due to host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park tomorrow, the club statement, issued at 10pm last night, applies strict new rules on all fans’ banners “with immediate effect” and threatens a stadium ban for “any supporters putting up any unauthorised banners”.
Eagles fans have a well-earned reputation for creating a vibrant atmosphere within Selhurst Park, often off-putting to opposing sides. Much of that comes from the devoted Ultra followers in the Holmesdale end, who have earned the admiration of rival supporters for producing a series of elaborate banners, many of which display social conscience…