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EFL: 'No specific action to be taken over Stevenage stewarding'

The EFL confirms that "no specific action" will be taken against Stevenage following complaints of stewards acting inappropriately towards female Grimsby Town fans.

The EFL has announced that no action will be taken over allegations that security staff at Stevenage made female Grimsby Town fans show their bras ahead of August's League Two fixture between the two sides.

Supporters' group the Mariners Trust had claimed that a number of the club's female supporters were asked by stewards if they could "feel their bras" as part of the pre-match searches at the Lamex Stadium.

Meanwhile, full-body searches were also allegedly carried out on children as young as five ahead of the game, which finished 3-1 to the hosts.

Stevenage denied that inappropriate incidents took place during the security searches and the EFL confirmed on Wednesday that it would be taking "no specific action" against the club following an investigation into the matter.

A statement released by the EFL read: "Following a comprehensive review of events alleged to have taken place prior to the League Two fixture between Stevenage and Grimsby Town on Saturday August 19, the EFL has now given due consideration to the complaint raised in respect of the stewarding operation on the day.

"On receipt of detailed observations from both clubs, the EFL can confirm that no specific action is to be taken under its rules.

"In addition, supporters are reminded that dedicated channels exist at all clubs and the EFL to ensure that there are professional and approachable points of contact to report any complaints or issues of concern. Details are available via a club's or the EFL's Supporters' Charter.

"Alternatively, all supporters have the right to contact the Independent Football Ombudsman (IFO) who are accredited as an Approved Alternate Dispute Resolution Body.

"The EFL notes the co-operation received in this matter and in particular would like to thank both the management teams at Stevenage and Grimsby Town for their assistance.

"The EFL will, however, continue to work with all its clubs to ensure that attending matches remains an enjoyable, positive experience for supporters and, to assist, will be issuing updated guidance regarding a number of safety, security and stewarding matters."

Complaints were also made about the lack of proper washing facilities at the ground, including an alleged lack of soap, drying facilities or hand sanitisers.

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