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No flares allowed at Wham

5 April 2018

Accrington Stanley want to stress that using smoke bombs, flares and fireworks within EFL football grounds is not allowed.

Apart from posing a serious risk to supporters trying to enjoy the game, simply taking them inside stadia is a criminal offence. The club could be fined.

In November, Reds owner Andy Holt was the first to sign the ‘Chairman's Charter', an effort by all 72 EFL clubs to tackle the problem of pyrotechnics in football.

The charter was introduced following a number of incidents where supporters suffered serious injuries, including a 15-year-old boy who required hospital treatment for lung damage after a smoke bomb was thrown during a game.

In conjunction with police forces around the country, EFL clubs, including Accrington Stanley, will take strong and decisive action against any fan found attempting to bring a banned item into a ground. The same will apply to supporters who choose to discharge pyrotechnics within a stadium environment.

The police will be informed of such incidents and consideration given to a prosecution and subsequent banning order.

Any supporter found to be in breach of the terms of the charter will also face a minimum three-season club ban.

Managing Director David Burgess said: "We want fans to come to Accrington Stanley and enjoy the special atmosphere but we want all fans to be safe.

"Any fans caught with a smoke bomb or flares runs the risk of being banned and none of us want that. We are a family friendly club and want all fans to enjoy the games without being put in danger."

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