DURING our Sky Bet League One game against Coventry City on January 19 this year, a pyrotechnic device was detonated in the Devonport end.
This action resulted in a member of staff requiring medical treatment; a number of complaints being received by the club from supporters; and the Football Association sending a formal warning letter to Plymouth Argyle about the future conduct of our fans.
A review of CCTV following the game led club staff to believe that they had identified the people responsible for this illegal act, and a decision was made to remove them from the stand for investigation by the police prior to kick off at our following home game against Walsall on January 22.
Plymouth Argyle Football Club acknowledge that the two supporters subsequently questioned by police were not involved in any way with the pyrotechnic incident.
We have apologised for any embarrassment that this may have caused to those involved, and for the distress caused to family members throughout the investigation. As a result of this incident, we have amended some of our relevant protocols.
The pyrotechnic incident in question remains under investigation. Once the offender, or offenders, has, or have, been positively identified, they will be subject to a minimum of a three-year ban from Home Park.
Anyone who is able to assist in these enquiries should contact a member of the match-day safety team or contact the club direct on 01752 562561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org