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EFL: A reminder that pyrotechnics are a prohibited item

Minimum three-season ban in place

2 November 2019

As we head towards the traditional Guy Fawkes celebrations, the EFL and its member clubs are again alerting supporters to the dangers surrounding the use of pyrotechnics within football grounds.

United host Macclesfield Town this weekend, with bonfires and fireworks displays organised around the city and county after the game, and in the following days as we lead up to 5 November.

Any instances of pyrotechnic use means innocent parties may be at risk of serious injury as a result.

Prior to Bonfire Night the club, along with the EFL, has re-launched its commitment to tackle the use of pyrotechnics, which includes smoke bombs, flares and fireworks within all football grounds.

This was initially launched in November 2017 with Carlisle United agreeing to - and signing up to - a new Club Charter on Pyrotechnics.

Since the charter was signed EFL clubs have been taking strong and decisive action against any fans found attempting to bring a banned item into a ground, or against those who discharge pyrotechnics.

Any supporter that has been, or is found to be, in breach of the terms of the charter is subject to a minimum three-season club ban.

A number of club bans have already been issued around the EFL since the launch of the charter, including an increase in club bans for away supporters due to the ongoing co-operation between EFL clubs.

Clubs are permitted the flexibility to reduce the length of the club ban should an offender recognise the danger of their actions, although the overall safety of supporters is paramount. 

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