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NEWS: Coventry City and other EFL Clubs re-issue commitment to tackling use of pyrotechnics

1 November 2019

On the eve of next week’s Guy Fawkes celebrations, Coventry City 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.

Any 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.

Coventry City would therefore like to remind all supporters that the use of any pyrotechnic device is strictly prohibited within St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium and strong action will be taken in the event of any such devices being discharged.

Coventry City 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.

KEY PYROTECHNICS FACTS

  • Being in possession of a pyrotechnic device (flare, smoke bomb or firework) 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.
  • Flares are used for marine distress and are designed not to be extinguished easily or quickly. They contain chemicals and burn at temperatures of 1600°C, the melting point of steel.
  • Smoke Bombs burn at high temperatures and are designed to be used in wide open spaces. They are dangerous for those with asthma or breathing difficulties and can cause panic in a tightly packed crowd.


THE RESULTS OF PYROTECHNICS USE
Unfortunately there have been a number of injuries as a result of pyrotechnics use over recent seasons in the EFL including;

  • Fans were treated for shrapnel wounds following the setting off of thunder flashes. Debris passed through jeans and caused cuts to legs.
  • A 13-year-old boy received treatment to his eyes and a woman sustained a leg injury when pyrotechnics were set off.
  • A 15-year-old boy suffered lung damage from a smoke bomb thrown during a game, requiring hospital treatment
  • An assistant referee was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown from the stand.
  • Two supporters were injured, one requiring hospital treatment, when an industrial firework was ignited and thrown in the away supporters’ toilet.
  • A flare was discharged by away supporters. A steward placed his foot on the device to prevent further smoke escaping, however the sole of his shoe melted causing injury.
  • Supporters ignited a flare and an 18 year old youth was treated for burns after picking it up.

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