Meadowbank Football Ground

Meadowbank Football Ground issues a pyrotechnics warning

Pyrotechnic flares are banned

Meadowbank Football Ground has issued a warning about the prohibited use of flares, smoke devices and pyrotechnics at the remaining Surrey FA County Cup Finals.

The use of pyrotechnic flares is banned inside and outside of the stadium because of the harm they can cause people. Anyone caught carrying a flare or smoke device will be immediately ejected from the ground and have their details handed over to the police.

Several fans caught with pyrotechnic equipment at previous cup finals were removed from the ground and their details handed into the Police. Now, ahead of a busy few weeks of football, Surrey FA’s Football Ground Management Team are warning supporters about the security measures in place to tackle the use of flares, smoke devices and pyrotechnics. These include:

- Bag searches
- CCTV inside and outside the football ground
- Staff training to spot and deal with potential flares/pyro use
- Working with the local authorities and Surrey Police to ensure enforcement action is taken both inside and outside the stadium

Andrew Dickinson, Head of Operations, said:

"Flares, smoke devices and pyrotechnics can cause significant injuries to carriers and fellow spectators as well as the 3G pitch. We have had several incidents where the pitch has been damaged and also where people have experienced breathing difficulties, distress and discomfort.

“A day out at Meadowbank is a special event for everyone and we want to ensure it stays that way. No one should go home injured, ill or distressed because of the mindless, and unnecessary action of a small minority of fans.”

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