Reading FC protest group outlines next round of protests – Reading Today Online

Reading FC pitch invasion

READING FC protest group Sell Before We Dai has encouraged supporters not to get Tuesday’s match with Derby County abandoned.

The Royals fans took to the pitch in their thousands to get their game with Port Vale called off and have now outlined their next round of planned protests.

However, they believe that fans should not pitch invade in tomorrow night’s match.

A statement released by the group reads: “We should always be prepared to be bold with our actions. That was made clear on January 13. Fed up of being lied to and seeing their club slowly die, fans felt they were left with no other option than to run on the pitch and force the game to be abandoned.

“That action was a desperate attempt to bring the attention of our plight to the national, and to pressure Dai Yongge to do the right thing and stop delaying the sale of our club.

“We do not know yet what punishment will be from the EFL in response to the action that so many of us chose to take. We also need to come together as a football community and consider our next actions very carefully.

“There is clearly a huge appetite among fans to take the protest to London, such as outside Dai’s luxury mansion by Buckingham Palace. SBWD has consulted with a large number of supporters and we plan to meet as a group to agree on a plan for this.

“For both these reasons we urge fans not to try to get the match abandoned against Derby County tomorrow. We do not want to throw away all we’ve achieved over the past week. We received overwhelming backing from across the football community and media for our actions.

“We may lose that support if there is another pitch invasion in the short term.

“We also do not want to give anyone at Reading FC an excuse to put the blame on us for what is ultimately the fault of one man and his associates who have left us with a shell of a club.

“As we say, no action is off the table, at least in the long term. Fans have shown that they will do whatever it takes to force this regime out of our club. But right now is not the time to get the match abandoned again.”

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