Bradford City backs campaign to highlight dangers of flares after three incidents at Bantams games this year

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A flare is set off among Bradford fans at the Rotherham match A flare is set off among Bradford fans at the Rotherham match

Bradford City is joining a national campaign to fight the rising problem of people letting off ‘dangerous’ smoke bombs at matches, as it was revealed there have been more than three flare incidents at the club’s games this year.

The League One club will display four of the eight posters issued by the Football League, Premier League and FA to highlight the dangers of pyrotechnics at football grounds.

Statistics from the UK Football Policing Unit show there were three flares let off during Bantams games this year up to October 31, and there was a further incident at the club’s away match at Rotherham last month.

At the time, Mark Neale, chairman of the Friends of Bradford City, said: “I was there the day of the fire and people, still affected by what happened, would be upset seeing smoke like that.”

David Dowse, Bantams’ stadium and facilities manager, said there had only been one flare incident at a home game this year, during a match against Sheffield United.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was made the subject of a three-month referral to Bradford Youth Team and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs after being found with a smoke bomb at the game.

Mr Dowse said: “There has only been one incident at the Coral Windows Stadium involving away fans, but we have had incidents at away games where our fans have let off these devices. We have repeatedly issued appeals urging people not to do that.

“I think this campaign is absolutely right. I think it’s a perception problem that people think it’s a bit of fun or a bit of a laugh, but these things are lethal and they need to stop using them straight away.”

The FA has been in touch with City about its poster campaign because fire safety issues are sensitive for Bradford supporters, Mr Dowse said.

“They have produced eight posters, but there are only four that we will be using at Bradford City,” he added.

“We are fully behind the campaign and we appreciate the FA has been in touch so we can deal with this issue sensitively.

“However, I have to say if people didn’t use these pyrotechnics we wouldn’t need to have a campaign.

“The one incident we had at home, against Sheffield United, led to a St John Ambulance volunteer having an asthma attack.

“Some of the devices are so small they are hard to find during routine searches, especially if people are trying to hide them. I wish people would come to their senses and stop using them.”

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10:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

be stopping us clapping and cheering next in case someone gets headache!!
be stopping us clapping and cheering next in case someone gets headache!! tinytoonster

11:15pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

tinytoonster wrote:
be stopping us clapping and cheering next in case someone gets headache!!
No need for flares. They add nothing and we've done fine without them. Just some youth thinking they are Euro ultra wannabees.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: be stopping us clapping and cheering next in case someone gets headache!![/p][/quote]No need for flares. They add nothing and we've done fine without them. Just some youth thinking they are Euro ultra wannabees. Thee Voice of Reason

11:32pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Rambo says...

tinytoonster wrote:
be stopping us clapping and cheering next in case someone gets headache!!
Set one off at Valley Parade then you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: be stopping us clapping and cheering next in case someone gets headache!![/p][/quote]Set one off at Valley Parade then you idiot. Rambo

8:12am Wed 4 Dec 13

fletch87 says...

My dad was in the Bradford City fire as were many other supporters that still go to the games today. I think it is utterly disrespectful that some so called fans would let these smoke bombs off. People still are affected by what they witnessed on that dreadful day in May 1985 and things like this, do not make going to the games any easier for them. What is the reason for them? What do they prove? There is no need for them. We are praised for having such fantastic fans, it's just a shame there is a small minority that want to tarnish that.
My dad was in the Bradford City fire as were many other supporters that still go to the games today. I think it is utterly disrespectful that some so called fans would let these smoke bombs off. People still are affected by what they witnessed on that dreadful day in May 1985 and things like this, do not make going to the games any easier for them. What is the reason for them? What do they prove? There is no need for them. We are praised for having such fantastic fans, it's just a shame there is a small minority that want to tarnish that. fletch87

10:25am Wed 4 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I personally would like to see anyone who does set one off ejected and banned from VP.

I would also like to see one inserted where the sun don't shine and see if they then think they are fun, safe and enjoyable.

It adds nothing to the matchday experience, causes many of our fan base untold upset and they can also initiate an asthma attack, completely negative, no positives.
I personally would like to see anyone who does set one off ejected and banned from VP. I would also like to see one inserted where the sun don't shine and see if they then think they are fun, safe and enjoyable. It adds nothing to the matchday experience, causes many of our fan base untold upset and they can also initiate an asthma attack, completely negative, no positives. Prisoner Cell Block A

12:32pm Wed 4 Dec 13

RuggerTyke says...

Rather ironic the people behind them are the ones who caused all the fuss about the flag ..
Rather ironic the people behind them are the ones who caused all the fuss about the flag .. RuggerTyke

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