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Watford warn fans of criminal prosecutions and bans if smoke bombs or flares are used
11:17am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Latest Sport
Watford have warned fans that the use of flares and smoke bombs could lead to criminal prosecutions or club bans.
The use of pyrotechnic devices has been in the national spotlight after an assistant referee was struck by a smoke grenade at the recent Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Watford Police Footy twitter feed, which is run by the police, reported that a juvenile was detained for letting off a smoke bomb at Watford's draw with Brighton on Monday night while several smoke bombs were used during the Hornets' game at Reading in August.
A statement on the Watford website said: "The use of flares and smoke bombs within football stadia is becoming more prevalent amongst a small minority of supporters who have a reckless disregard for the health and safety of their fellow supporters.
"Regrettably, the club is aware that at recent away matches, Watford supporters have discharged smoke bombs within the stands.
"Lighting or throwing pyrotechnics, including flares and smoke bombs, in confined areas such as football stadia is incredibly dangerous and has led to horrific injuries in the UK and other parts of the world.
"Watford has a zero tolerance policy towards the carrying or use of any pyrotechnic device either at Vicarage Road or any other stadium hosting Watford matches."
The statement continued: "The club is actively working with the police, football (clubs) and other ground authorities to identify those responsible with a view to taking robust action against offenders, including criminal prosecutions and club bans.
"The use of pyrotechnics has no place in English football and we would urge all supporters to take positive action in assisting to eradicate this unlawful practice."
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