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Stoke axe ID cards for away fans

Stoke City fans
Stoke fans have needed an ID card to travel to away games since 2003

Stoke City have announced that supporters will not need an ID card to travel to away games from next month.

The controversial scheme, introduced in 2003 in response to crowd trouble, will be suspended after the game against Wigan at the JJB Stadium on 8 November.

Chief executive Tony Scholes told BBC Radio Stoke: "I've never known an issue divide the fans like this one has.

"I'm very pleased that we've been able to suspend it and it says a lot about how far we have come."

I'm delighted that they've now got the opportunity to show everyone outside this city what a great set of supporters they are.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis
The ID card scheme was first introduced after several instances of crowd trouble involving travelling Stoke fans.

The 15 November game with Manchester United at Old Trafford will mark the first game after the suspension of the scheme.

Manager Tony Pulis said: "Everyone throughout the country recognises the great support that we've had.

"The fans now have an opportunity to show that support and passion, but hopefully in a controlled manner.

"I'm delighted that they've now got the opportunity to show everyone outside this city what a great set of supporters they are."



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