ARGYLE fans traveling to Portsmouth on Friday are reminded that the use of pyrotechnics such as smoke devices and flares is strictly prohibited.
The club condemns the use of such devices, the use of which is a criminal offence, as is trying to gain access to a football stadium whilst carrying one.
It is not fun; it is not acceptable; it is not legal.
We will take robust action, before and after all our matches, to help stop this behaviour. Perpetrators will be given an immediate, indefinite banning order from Home Park, and we will work with the police to help bring any offenders to justice. This could well see perpetrators receiving a fine and three-year ban from all football grounds imposed by a magistrates court. Repeat offenders could expect a custodial sentence.
As part of our robust approach, we are monitoring social media and will take appropriate action against people planning to bring - or promoting the use of - pyrotechnic devices at football matches. This has already seen a number of tickets cancelled for forthcoming matches with those people banned.
Following previous incidents at Argyle games of misbehaviour involving the use of smoke bombs and flares and pitch incursions, Argyle have received stern warnings from the football authorities that repeats will be viewed extremely seriously.
They are against ground regulations of our club and every club in the country. Failure by Argyle to enforce those regulations could lead to sanctions for the club, financial and otherwise, which could be highly damaging.