Jail threat for Doncaster Rovers flare and smoke bomb yobs

A smoke bomb is thrown on the pitch at Crewe.
A smoke bomb is thrown on the pitch at Crewe.

Doncaster Rovers fans are being warned they face jail and life bans from the club if they set off smoke bombs and flares at tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Oldham Athletic.

The club has announced a fresh clampdown on yobs bringing pyrotechnics to games - and pledged to get tough on the culprits.

It follows a smoke bomb being hurled onto the pitch at Rovers’ League One game at Crewe last Saturday as well as an incident at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium on Tuesday night.

A statement issued by the club said: “Doncaster Rovers Football Club would like to reiterate our stance that we are absolutely against the use of pyrotechnics inside or outside of any football stadium.

“Supporters found using pyrotechnics either at Keepmoat Stadium or at any away ground will be the subject of action by the club and the police.

“Such is the determination of the authorities to eradicate the use of pyrotechnics from football, any supporter found to be using them could be liable to a criminal conviction and, in certain cases, imprisonment.

“As a club, Doncaster Rovers imposes an indefinite ban on any supporter who violates our strict no-pyrotechnics policy.

“As well as negatively affecting other fans enjoyment of the game, pyrotechnics are a serious danger to those with breathing difficulties and disabled supporters who cannot easily escape from the smoke.

“Following an incident at Saturday’s game at Crewe The Football League are considering what action they will take against Doncaster Rovers.”

Rovers are due to face Oldham in the second round of the FA Cup tomorrow at Boundary Park.

Flares and smoke bombs have also been set off at Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park ground and Fleetwood Town’s Highbury stadium by Rovers supporters this season.

Flares, often used by supporters on the continent, have been growing in popularity among UK fans over the past few seasons – but a safety campaign has warned the devices can burn at temperatures of up to 1600c, extreme enough to melt most metal.

The items are among the list of banned items inside all British football stadiums.

The club has urged anyone seeing or witnessing any behaviour that relates to pyrotechnics then they are urged to contact the nearest steward or police office with names of culprits and information about the offence.