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Bristol Rovers put out “amnesty bins” for fans who bring items that incite hatred or abuse in Oxford match

Bristol Rovers have warned their supporters not to bring “items that may incite hatred or abuse” ahead of Matty Taylor’s return with Oxford United.

The two sides meet at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday and it will be the former Gas player’s first match back at his old club since he departed for rivals Bristol City in 2017.

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It is claimed Bristol Rovers will be putting “amnesty bins” outside the ground for anyone attempting to bring banned items.

Their club statement ahead of the much anticipated League One clash read: “Supporters are reminded that any items that may incite hatred or abuse cannot be brought into the stadium and amnesty bins will be placed around the entrances for these to be disposed of before entrance to the ground will be permitted.

“Bristol Rovers is a family and community club and it is imperative that our supporters continue to represent us favourably at all times.

“Can we remind supporters that it is an offence to throw any object into the playing area or into the crowd.

“Any supporters that throw objects onto the pitch or are found to be in breach of ground regulations will be ejected from the stadium immediately and be subject to indefinite bans.

“We’d like to thank all fans for their continued support and cooperation in creating a safe environment for everyone this weekend.”

Speaking about his time at Bristol Rovers and why he left, Matty Taylor said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bristol Rovers, it was an amazing time in my career to win back-to-back promotions with an unbelievable squad.

“But I’d always had dreams of going higher and I felt it was the right move I had to do.

“With Oxford and Rovers we’ve had some good battles along the way.

“I’ve always tended to do well against Oxford, I don’t know if I was a bit more fired up because you want to play well against your hometown club to show them what they’re missing.

“Now I’m on the other side wearing the yellow shirt and trying to beat them. I’m not sure what sort of reception I’ll get, but I’m ready for the challenge.

“I’m sure it will be a hostile atmosphere. Given the rivalry with Oxford I think our fans will be relishing it as much as theirs.

“I’m sure there will be a lot of banter with the songs and it will probably make it a tasty affair.

“There’s only Ollie Clarke who is there from my time at the club. I’ve spoken to him and he’s looking forward to it.”


Of course the anticipation for the game is all over social media, and all anyone is talking about is Matty Taylor returning at the Memorial Stadium – see what they had to say on the next page.


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