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Safety team issues update following pyrotechnic incidents

10 April 2023

Club News

Safety team issues update following pyrotechnic incidents

10 April 2023

Rovers’ safety team has issued an update following instances of supporters igniting and throwing pyrotechnic devices within the stadium during recent matches against Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon.

Supporters were arrested following incidents involving pyrotechnics as a result of identification by CCTV. Offences included possessing a flare and throwing a missile. Individuals have been charged with the offences outlined and will appear at court at a later date.

The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985 states: ‘it is a criminal offence to be in possession of a pyrotechnic device, or to attempt to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium.’ 

These individuals will face a football banning order along with any other punishment the court may make should they be found guilty.

It is important to highlight that the items are not only illegal inside a football stadium, but these prohibited articles can also cause great harm to people.

The potential injuries sustained as a result of someone using a pyrotechnic device include:

  • Serious injuries, such as loss of limb or fingers
  • Severe burns due to the devices burning at a temperature of up to 2,000 C
  • Breathing problems due to smoke inhalation
  • Loss of hearing or sight because of the explosive power

Supporters should also be mindful of regulations regarding encroachment onto the field of play.

The Football Offences Act 1991 specifically states the following: ‘It is an offence for a person at a designated football match to go onto the playing area, or any area adjacent to the playing area to which supporters are not generally admitted, without lawful authority or lawful excuse (which shall be for them to prove).’ 

Please do not enter the field of play at any time. This compromises the safety of both players and officials and can also result in penalties for the club. Recent pitch invasions have brought football bans, police prosecution and criminal records - which can impact employment, education and international travel.

Please remember; the pitch is for players and the stands for spectators. We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe on match days.

We appreciate your support and co-operation in this matter. Every football fan should feel safe attending matches when watching their team.

Thank you.

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