SUPPORTERS are warned that they will be banned from attending any football match in this country for at least three years if they use, or even attempt to use, a pyrotechnic device at Home Park.
The warning follows the letting-off of a smoke bomb at the Devonport end of Home Park during Saturday’s 2-1 home Sky Bet League One victory against Coventry City.
In accordance with the EFL Clubs’ Charter, which all 72 EFL Clubs signed up to last season, the use of pyrotechnics, such as smoke devices and flares, is strictly prohibited at the ground.
The Charter states that any fan found attempting to bring pyrotechnics into any football stadium in England or Wales, or identified discharging them while inside a stadium, will be issued with a ban of not less than three seasons. That ban will apply to every ground in the country.
The club is already likely to face FA action following Saturday’s mindlessness and failure by Argyle to enforce the regulations regarding pyrotechnics could lead to further sanctions for the club, financial and otherwise, which could be highly damaging.
Conclusive video evidence of Saturday’s incident was captured on stadium CCTV, and, once identified, the perpetrators will receive a three-year ban from Home Park, as well as all other EFL grounds.
The safety and security of all spectators at Home Park is of paramount importance, and pyrotechnic devices - flares, smoke bombs or fireworks - have no place in any football stadium in this country.
The club utterly condemns the use of such devices, 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 banning order from Home Park.
As part of our robust approach, we are working with the police to help bring any offenders to justice.
We are also monitoring social media and will take appropriate action against people planning to bring – or promoting the use of – pyrotechnic devices at football matches.