Banned flares containing dangerous toxins were set off by AFC Telford United fans during a Northern National League game against Chester at Deva Stadium on Sunday
AFC Telford United have condemned some of their fans and revealed that a nine-year-old boy needed hospital treatment after several rockets were set off in a non-league game.
The incident occurred during North Telford’s National League game against Chester on Sunday afternoon.
Flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics contain dangerous toxins and are prohibited during football matches in England.
The push in question was triggered by a “minority” of Telford supporters outside Deva Stadium in Chester.
Telford is currently at the bottom of the National League North having won just two of his first 19 league games this season.
The club have vowed to ban for life any fans caught using flares.
“AFC Telford United would like to remind supporters that we are committed to eradicating the use of flares, smoke bombs and fireworks in our matches,” read a statement from Telford.
“Several flares were set off this afternoon by a small minority of supporters outside, forcing a 9-year-old boy to be hospitalized tonight.
“Flares and smoke bombs interfere with the game and the enjoyment of players, and the toxins they contain can seriously damage health, which can lead to fatal injuries or concerns.
“It is a criminal offense to be in possession of a flare or smoke bomb during a football match, or to attempt to introduce a pyrotechnic device into a football stadium.
“We will take the strongest measures available against anyone found in possession of a rocket, smoke bomb or any such pyrotechnic device.
“Spectators are cautioned that we and the National League apply a zero tolerance approach to anyone attempting to bring such a device into any stadium while following AFC Telford United.
“Every time a rocket is triggered during a soccer match, the club is fined by the FA, which negatively impacts money that could be better spent on improving the playing team.
“AFC Telford United, we will be working with Chester and their CCTV from the afternoon to identify the people who were in charge today.
“Anyone found responsible will be treated as severely as possible. The courts have a three-month jail sentence and a three-year football ban.”
English football was marred by antisocial behavior by fans over the weekend, with two incidents taking place in the Premier League.
On New Years Day, Arsenal fans launched several missiles at Manchester City midfielder Rodri as he celebrated his late winner in the Emirates.
After finding the back of the net Rodri decided to celebrate in front of Arsenal fans to the right of the goal rather than Man City supporters to the left.
And on Sunday, Matt Lowton was shot in the face after a Leeds fan allegedly threw a bottle filled with liquid at the Burnley player.
The incident happened as Burnley was celebrating Maxwell Cornet’s stunning equalizer. Leeds won the game 3-1.
“Lowton is receiving treatment after missiles from the booth hit players in celebration,” Burnley’s official Twitter account revealed.
“AFC Telford United want all fans to behave optimally when supporting the club, whether at home at New Bucks Head or when following the Bucks away,” Telford said continued. .
“We are proud of our community and its family support and we cannot and will not tolerate inappropriate behavior or crowd disturbance of any kind.”
MusicMagpie co-founder Walter Gleeson recently bought a significant stake in Telford.
“Since moving to Shropshire I have been a huge fan of local football,” said Gleeson.
“When I was approached… it didn’t take long for me, after meeting with the board to see how well it was performing, wanting to help in any way I could.”