Is this a joke? If so, I don’t get it.
Celery banned at the Bridge
‘The throwing of anything at a football match, including celery, is a criminal offence for which you can be arrested and end up with a criminal record’
Friday March 16, 2007
Chelsea have banned celery from Stamford Bridge and ordered fans to stop throwing it during matches after the Football Association launched an investigation into instances of salad tossing at their recent matches.
Two referees have now mentioned celery being thrown onto the pitch during their official reports of Chelsea matches, while Arsenal’s players complained of being pelted with the vegetable when they tried to take corners during the first half of the Carling Cup final.
Blues fans have been bringing the vegetable to games for over two decades in homage to their terrace chant ‘Celery’, but the club reminded them today that throwing the vegetable was, in fact a criminal offence.
“The throwing of anything at a football match, including celery, is a criminal offence for which you can be arrested and end up with a criminal record,” read a statement on the club website. “In future, if anyone is found attempting to bring celery into Stamford Bridge they could be refused entry and anyone caught throwing celery will face a ban.”
The statement went on to direct fans to a hotline they could call to report others seen carrying celery, promising that “all calls will be treated in confidence”.