Pyrotechnic use warning: criminal offence targeted

From the official Chelsea FC website:

All supporters attending Chelsea games are reminded it is a criminal offence to attempt to bring a pyrotechnic device into a designated football ground, or to be in possession of a pyrotechnic device in spectator viewing accommodation at a designated football ground.

If you are found to be in possession of a pyrotechnic device either on the street or at the stadium, you will be arrested.

Since last season and throughout English football, new measures and stronger sanctions have been in place against offenders to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviours, ensuring a safe and enjoyable matchday environment for all.

At our stadiums and at all grounds in England, a set of actions, which is backed by the Football Supporters’ Association, target activity such as entering the pitch without permission, carrying or using smoke bombs or pyrotechnics and throwing objects – as well as drug use and discriminatory behaviour.

These acts are dangerous, illegal and have severe consequences. They have no place in football, or anywhere.

At Chelsea we have long had a zero-tolerance approach to these forms of anti-social behaviour.

All identified offenders will be reported to the police and prosecution could result in a permanent criminal record, which may affect their employment and education, and could result in a prison sentence.

Those identified as carrying or using pyrotechnics or smoke bombs will be banned for a minimum of three years. These bans will be extended to accompanying parents or guardians of children who take part in these activities.





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