Date:Friday April 4 2008
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has urged fans to stay off the field of play on Saturday should promotion be secured.
The Liberty Stadium club stand on the brink of realising their target of reaching the Championship on Saturday. All that stands in their way is a AFC Bournemouth side struggling to stay in existence following the collapse of a local consortium,that were looking to save the Dean Court club from extinction.
Fans will be listening in for the result at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield as The Terriers look to win over Doncaster Rovers. Huddersfield who have parted company with former manager Andy Ritchie in the build up to the Yorkshire derby could play a big part in Swansea's promotion from League One tomorrow afternoon.
A win for Terriers caretaker manager Gerry Murphy and a win against Bournemouth will secure promotion for Swansea City.
Jubilant scenes will follow the final whistle should The Liberty Stadium club secure promotion but Martinez has urged fans to show retrain in their celebrations.
Attentions have also been drawn to the condition of the Liberty pitch with 2 home games after Saturdays remaining efforts must be secured to protect it from damage that will cost a cool £1 million pounds to repair according to the Spaniard.
Martinez Spoke To The SWEP:
|''I'm not taking anything for granted here.If the situation where we clinch promotion arises, I'd love to see a controlled celebration where the players can celebrate properly with the fans.'|
'If people run onto the pitch things can end very quickly. The police get involved and I hope we can learn from what happened last time we went up.'
'I understand there will be a lot of emotion if we can win promotion, but if we are controlled I can promise the fans they will get a chance to celebrate together with the players.''The pitch needs to remain in good condition,' said a Swansea spokesman, 'and we don't want to damage it at any time because it could cost the club up to £1million.Anyone who runs onto the pitch risks a three-year ban from all football grounds and they would also be spoiling the occasion for others.
'The players want to do a lap of honour if and when they get promoted, but they will only do it if the fans stay off the pitch.'
Date:Friday April 4 2008
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