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Club Statement

23 October 2013

Doncaster Rovers wish to remind all supporters that the use of pyrotechnic devices in a stadium contravenes ground regulations.

Following on from the incident at Aston Villa last weekend when assistant referee David Bryan was hit by a flare thrown from the Tottenham supporters' end during their match against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday, Doncaster Rovers would like to remind supporters that the use of smoke bombs, flares and other pyrotechnic devices are not allowed in any football league stadia, including the Keepmoat Stadium. During some of our recent away games last season, a number of incidents were reported regarding a minority of Doncaster Rovers supporters using these illegal devices.


A Football Association spokesman said of the incident last Sunday: "The FA will investigate this matter, which is unacceptable. We will await the match officials' report and will be speaking to the clubs. Such incidents highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics being used in a football stadium."


In May, a 15-year-old boy suffered lung damage from a smoke bomb thrown during Villa's game at Wigan.


The club can also confirm that a Burnley supporter was recently ejected and subsequently cautioned by the Police for using a pyrotechnic device at Keepmoat Stadium. 


Doncaster Rovers wish to remind all supporters that the use of pyrotechnic devices in a stadium contravenes ground regulations and supporters found guilty face an instant ejection, possible stadium banning order and police caution. The club encourages all Doncaster Rovers supporters, both at home and on the road, to respect fellow fans and to not ruin their match-day experience by bringing flares or smoke bombs to matches.


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