Once again we ask fans to help the club and their fellow fans by not bringing flares and pyro to matches.
A flare was thrown on to the pitch during the win at Exeter last weekend and the fan responsible has been identified, arrested, and given a three-year ban from football as well as a criminal record.
CCTV has advanced so quickly and with evidence also available from social media, fans with cameras, police surveillance cameras and TV images, those responsible are almost always identified:
- During the home game against Crystal Palace a flare was set off and the user was arrested and ejected from the ground. They now have a three year ban from watching football.
- During the home game against MK Dons a flare was thrown in the away end and the person responsible was arrested and ejected from the ground. The flare landed next to a partially-sighted fan who became very distressed at the situation and required medical assistance.
- During the game at Charlton Athletic a flare was thrown and struck a young girl on the head. An arrest was made and the person responsible was ejected and arrested. They have now been banned from football for three years.
All of these incidents are now in the hands of the police and have led to lengthy bans as well as a criminal record.
We thank fans who have tried their best to help the club eliminate this problem and we will work with all relevant parties to stamp it out, given that the club also face sanctions which range from hefty fines to reduced capacities at games.