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Club statement: Use of pyrotechnics

16 September 2022

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Fleetwood Town are urging supporters not to use pyrotechnics during the 2022/23 season to ensure safety of all football supporters inside and outside the stadium.

After the FA, Premier League and EFL joined together to introduce new measures and stronger sanctions regarding the importance of a safe matchday environment, Fleetwood Town Football Club is urging supporters to not use pyrotechnics during the 2022/23 season. 

Being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match, or attempting to bring a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985. 

From the start of the 2022/23 season, anyone identified carrying or using pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will now receive an automatic club ban. These bans could also be extended to accompanying parents or guardians of children who take part in these activities.  

To further support this action, the FA, Premier League and EFL are working with police forces, the UK Football Policing Unit (UKFPU), and the Crown Prosecution Service to establish a new principle for cases relating to pyrotechnics and smoke bombs. 

It isn’t just the lasting damage that supporters can do to one another which should be a deterrent. Supporters can be prosecuted in court and then given a football banning order if found guilty. However, in some instances, a custodial sentence can be given, depending on the nature and severity of the incident. 

Fleetwood Town is wholly supportive of the FA, Premier League and EFL’s campaign and as a club, we will take a firm stance against any supporter(s) who is found to be in possession of pyrotechnics either at Highbury Stadium or when we play away from home. 

If the Club are involved in any further incidents moving forward, we will be fined by the EFL and FA.

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