Nottingham Forest and Notts County fans who bring pyrotechnics to games could face three-year bans


All three of Nottinghamshire’s EFL clubs have signed up to a new order which can see any fan who brings pyrotechnics to a game banned for at least three years.

Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town have joined every other English Football League side in agreeing to a new Chairman’s Charter.

It is designed to end the use of smoke bombs, flares and fireworks during matches after a number of alarming incidents, including a 15-year-old boy who required hospital treatment for lung damage after a smoke bomb was thrown during a game.

An EFL statement said: “In conjunction with police forces around the country, EFL clubs 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.

“Police should be informed of such incidents and consideration given to a prosecution and subsequent banning order, where sufficient evidence is forthcoming of a criminal offence.”

Forest fans invade the pitch with flares to celebrate their team avoiding relegation last season

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

Clubs will be permitted to reduce the length of the club ban should an offender recognise the danger of their actions.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for football policing, deputy chief constable Mark Roberts, said: “The use of pyrotechnics at football grounds presents a real risk to fans – there have been serious injuries and even a death as a result of their use.

“Our primary aim is always to keep fans safe and so welcome the EFL’s initiative to highlight and tackle the issue. 


“The use of pyrotechnics or even trying to get them into a ground is a criminal offence.

“People using them are likely to face prosecution and a football banning order and aside of those consequences I would ask fans to consider how they would feel if, as a result of their actions, another supporter was scarred for life, seriously injured or worse.”



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