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 Post subject: FOOTBALL FANS, SMOKE BOMBS AND FLARES – FACT SHEET
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:20 pm 
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FOOTBALL FANS, SMOKE BOMBS AND FLARES – FACT SHEET

What is the law governing smoke bombs and flares at football matches?
The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985.

It is on offence for a person to enter or attempt to enter a football ground while in possession of a flare, smoke bomb or firework. The sentence for these offences can be as much as three months in prison, and in many cases, fans who have no previous convictions are being given prison sentences for attempting to enter a football ground with a smoke bomb in their pocket as the courts take these offences very seriously.

There are two different offences (1) possession in the football ground; and (2) possession while attempting to enter. Although logically, attempting to enter a football ground seems to be less culpable than a fan who has managed to get the smoke bomb, flare or firework into the football ground, in real terms the courts do not consider one offence to be more serious than the other. Fans searched prior to entering the football ground and found to be in possession of a firework, flare or
smoke bomb, have still been given custodial sentences.

What does 'attempting to enter' a football ground mean?

The courts have decided that 'attempting to enter' means much more than a person who is searched at the turnstiles. Fans have been given a prison sentence for carrying a smoke bomb in their pocket when exiting the train station closest to the football ground, or when walking through the car park on the way to the football ground. A court is likely to decide that a fan who is in possession of a ticket and is close to the ground is ‘attempting to enter’.

Is it more serious to carry a flare or a firework instead of a smoke bomb?

Although a firework or flare may be seen as more dangerous than a smoke bomb to most people, the courts do not seem to distinguish between them. Fans have been sentenced to three months in prison for carrying a smoke bomb, without having actually let it off.

What is a firework?

Even a sparkler falls within the definition of firework, as do bangers and anything else that has a Firework Standard logo on it.

What is a smoke bomb?

Anything which emits smoke or visible gas, even something which is home made.

Will a conviction for possession of a firework, flare or smoke bomb result in a football
banning order?

It is highly likely that the court will impose a football banning order on a fan who is convicted of possession of a firework, flare or smoke bomb at a football match. The very nature of the offence means that the prosecution are likely to be able to persuade the court that the offence is football related, and that it is necessary to impose the order to prevent the offence happening again.

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 Post subject: Re: FOOTBALL FANS, SMOKE BOMBS AND FLARES – FACT SHEET
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:20 pm 
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Lets not spoil our good reputation by using these plus we wouldnt want to make it harder for Danny Johnson by getting the club a big fine would we. We've never used any of those at nantwich games before and dont need to in the future I and the club have faith in our supporters that we never will.


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