Dundee have sent a warning to fans that they risk being arrested and banned from Dens Park if they continue to use pyro at away games – calling it a “worrying and dangerous new trend” among fans.
The Dee have cited the example of an Aberdeen fan who is awaiting his day in court after using a flare at Dens as they pleaded with supporters to stop bringing pyro to games and putting themselves and other supporters at risk.
Dundee host Celtic on Sunday before the international break and it will be interesting to see whether fans bring their flares to Dens for the visit of the Hoops.
With the Dens Park club threatening serious repercussions, fans might just decide to tread lightly and avoid landing themselves in any further bother.
Dundee’s warning to fans in full:
“The club are becoming increasingly concerned at the escalating use of pyrotechnic devices by our supporters at away venues.
“We have been particularly pleased and grateful for the backing that the team has received on the road this season in both numbers and vocal support since our return to the top flight.
“However, so far this season, pyrotechnics have been evident amongst our support at Fir Park, Tannadice, Tynecastle and at the SMISA Stadium on Saturday.
“This is a worrying and dangerous new trend amongst the traveling Dundee support and the club would appeal to those who are indulging in the use of pyrotechnics to stop it.
“CCTV footage from the various venues is being examined by the Club and action will be taken if the individuals concerned are identified.
“Please be reminded that it is a criminal offence to bring pyrotechnic devices into a football stadium and you are liable, if caught, to be arrested and charged or at the very least expelled and possibly banned from Dens Park.
“As a recent example, one individual from the visiting support at Dens for the recent Aberdeen fixture was identified, arrested, and charged and will appear in court later this month.
“We would appeal to everyone to be aware of just how dangerous and potentially unstable these devices are and refrain from taking them to football matches where large crowds make the risk of potentially serious injury a very real threat.”
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