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Pyrotechnics at football grounds. Love them or hate them?


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some meat on the bones - 



The rising use of flares in British football could lead to someone being killed, according to Policing Minister Damian Green.

The warning comes as a survey found a third of British football supporters have been affected by pyrotechnics at stadiums while 86% are concerned for their safety.
Meanwhile, fans as young as eight are used as 'mules' to smuggle flares and smoke bombs into Premier League fixtures.
Pyrotechnic incidents have risen sharply in recent seasons, with the first three months of this season recording 96 such events.
In the whole of last season there was 172, while the season of 2011-12 recorded 72 incidents. Just eight pyrotechnic events were noted for the 2010-11 season.
"It's the biggest concern we've got among fans at the moment," Cathy Long, head of supporter services at the Premier League, told BBC Sport.
"There have been incidents across the world where people have had bad injuries or died. We've been lucky that our leagues haven't had such major issues yet, but we want to stop that from happening."
It is a sentiment shared by Member for Ashford, Mr Green, who said: "someone could get killed".
More commonly associated with games on the continent, phrases such as 'no pyro, no party' are becoming popular in Britain, while pyrotechnic paraphernalia is becoming easier and cheaper to buy.
"The European influence is very, very strong," explained Football Supporters' Federation caseworker Amanda Jacks. "I've no doubt people think pyro creates a better atmosphere and enhances supporting their team. Whether or not that's true, it's illegal.
"A lot of supporters may be unaware that the use or possession of pyrotechnics is actually illegal and the ultimate sanction is prison.
"Rather than seeing 'no pyro, no party' I'd like to see 'pyro could mean prison' and that's a very real possibility if fans are convicted of using pyrotechnics. They might end up seeing Christmas inside a cell."
According to the UK Football Policing Unit, the clubs involved with the most pyrotechnic incidents (five) in 2013-14 were Manchester United, Everton and Wigan Athletic.



not bothered by them personally, would like to think it adds something to the atmosphere but the reality is probably its just pissed up idiots


i dont seem to know the difference between a flare and a smoke bomb, the "flare" that spurs threw on to the pitch, wasnt that a smoke bomb? i dont want them in the holte, but at the same time in a big night game these would be cool - 



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I like the pyrotechnics. It's the nimrods holding them that I'm uncomfortable with. So in that sense I think their days are numbered because they're too dangerous in an age of control where you can just launch something explosive at rival fans.

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I'm not a fan of official displays. Like the Champions League final trophy presentation they have all that shitty confetti and sparklers, it looks crap. I think flares and smoke bombs make a good spectacle but they are banned here and rightly so.


Anyone remember Diana Ross missing this sitter?




Baggio got a lot of stick for missing that penalty but Diana's is worse.

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