A 20-year-old male has received a fine and a national three-year banning order from all football stadia after pleading guilty to two offences relating to his conduct at Wycombe Wanderers’ recent fixture against Crawley Town at Adams Park.
The offender was charged with being drunk whilst attempting to enter the stadium and possession of a pyrotechnic device.
All 72 EFL clubs recently signed up to a new charter to help put an end to the dangerous use of pyrotechnics, which now carries a minimum three-season club ban and potential police action.
This follows a number of incidents of significant concern where supporters have 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 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.