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Statement on Flares & Smoke Bombs

Club News
// 15 Aug 2013

It has been noted by the Board of Dundalk FC that in recent weeks there has been an increase in the incidence of Flares and Smoke Bombs being deployed at Dundalk FC matches.

While the use of these items may appeal to some fans they are not permitted within Oriel Park or any other League of Ireland ground. Flares and smoke bombs have been banned from grounds all over Europe because of the danger of temporary or permanent injury not just to inexperienced or careless users, but more often innocent bystanders.

Dundalk FC have received written charges from FAI regarding the game at Tolka Park on Friday 9th August. The charges are in relation to 2 flares being ignited and a smoke bomb being thrown onto the playing surface which resulted in the match having to be temporarily halted to allow stewards to clear the item from the field.

The club has now been fined €600 for these incidents and the flare at our last home game while a Dundalk FC supporter received burns from one of the flares in Tolka.

It should not be necessary to point out to fans the difficulty in raising sufficient funds to keep the club running without having to pay unnecessary fines due to the behaviour of a small number of fans.

Dundalk FC wish to make it perfectly clear to everyone that the use of Flares, Smoke Bombs or other prohibited items is not allowed in Oriel Park. Anyone who does so will be subject to immediate removal from the ground and possible further action.

The Board of Dundalk FC are inviting supporters to meet to discuss this issue in the next week and hope to resolve this issue to the satisfaction of all. If you wish to be a part of these discussions or would like to make a written submission, please contact simon.blackmore@dfctrust.com. All are welcome to take part in this forum.