Football fans have taken to slam the English Football League after they posted a statement on the use of pyrotechnics in the run up to Bonfire Night.
The statement, in short, explains that fans caught attempting to bring pyrotechnics into stadiums and/or light them within the stadium grounds will be disciplined.
EFL say: “On the eve of next week’s Guy Fawkes celebrations, the EFL and all other EFL member Clubs are again alerting supporters to the dangers surrounding the use of pyrotechnics within football grounds.
“Any instances of pyrotechnics use means innocent parties may be at risk of serious injury as a result.
“With a full schedule of fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two set to take place this weekend, ahead of Bonfire Night, the EFL and its Clubs are re- issuing their commitment to tackling the use of pyrotechnics, which includes smoke bombs, flares and fireworks within EFL football grounds.
“Having launched in November 2017 all EFL Clubs have signed up to a ‘Club Charter on Pyrotechnics’, with a commitment to taking strong and decisive action against any fans found attempting to bring a banned item into a ground, or those who discharge pyrotechnics.
vAny supporter that has been, or found to be, in breach of the terms of the Charter is subject to a minimum three-season Club ban. A number of Club bans have already been issued since the launch of the Charter, including an increase in Club bans for away supporters due to the ongoing co-operation between EFL Clubs.
“Clubs are permitted the flexibility to reduce the length of the Club ban should an offender recognise the danger of their actions, although the overall safety of supporters is always paramount.
“The EFL would therefore like to remind all supporters that the use of any pyrotechnic device is strictly prohibited within any stadium up and down the country, and strong action will be taken in the event of any such devices being discharged.
“The EFL would like to thank all supporters, home and away, for their ongoing cooperation in this matter, so we can all enjoy the game in safety.”
The use of pyrotechnics will forever be a debate among fans, lots are completely against flares and smoke bombs being used at matches in the fear of health and safety and others absolutely love the look of them and think it add to the atmosphere, many of those jealous of how fans of other overseas clubs get away with it.
After reading the EFL’s statement on pyrotechnics, social media users took express their anger whilst some made light of the organisation’s stance – see those tweets on the next page.