Derry City hit by hefty fine for pyrotechnics after young supporter sustains burns

​DERRY CITY Football Club has been hit with hefty fines in excess of €3,500 for ignition of pyrotechnics by sections of its support at away games this season.
A flare is set of by Derry City supporters at a game at Brandywell last season.  Photograph: George SweeneyA flare is set of by Derry City supporters at a game at Brandywell last season.  Photograph: George Sweeney
A flare is set of by Derry City supporters at a game at Brandywell last season. Photograph: George Sweeney

Six games into the new season, the Brandywell club has been forced to raise the issue as a 'major safety issue' of 'ongoing concern' which could potentially result in a ban on Derry City fans travelling to away grounds this season.

One young supporter received burn injuries as a result of flares being lit in the packed Mono Stand at the recent league match at Dalymount Park against Bohemians before the international break. That rule breach resulted in a fine of €2,500 alone!Bohemians supporters were banned from attending the League of Ireland game against Drogheda United on February 23rd as punishment for a flare striking their own player Cian Byrne at Richmond Park.It's been an ongoing issue at League of Ireland clubs with Shamrock Rovers threatening lifetime bans on supporters using flares after a young fan had a lucky escape when his top was 'destroyed' by sparks from a flare that was lit in his proximity at Tallaght Stadium's South Stand during their opening night draw with Dundalk.The Hoops also reported two burn injuries that happened during their President’s Cup win over St Patrick’s Athletic last month.A statement issued by Derry City last night warned of the dangers of igniting flares and the possibility of stadium bans should the problem continue."Derry City FC have received a fine of €2,500 for ignition of pyrotechnics at the recent game vs Bohemians at Dalymount Park," began the statement."A young supporter received burn injuries as a result of these flares being lit in a packed stand during the game. The club have now received fines totalling over €3,500 this season alone for pyrotechnic offences at recent Away games. This is a major safety issue and is of ongoing concern to the club."There is also a strong possibility of a ban on our supporters travelling to away games if there are any more reported pyrotechnic offences this season. These fines are unsustainable for our club and eats into our finances which cannot be tolerated going forward and the safety of our supporters is of paramount concern.”The Candy Stripes return to action tonight when they welcome Galway United to the Brandywell but the lighting of flares hasn’t been an issue this season as recognised by the club.“The club would also like to acknowledge and commend the compliance of our supporters at all home games this season as there have been no reported incidents of pyrotechnic offences. “We hope all supporters will continue to comply with the Club and our match night security team.“Finally, we ask all supporters to comply with new stadium entrance guidelines which have been introduced to filter supporters to the entrance nearest their designated seat/Tterrace.“A new entrance gate is now in use (Gate 19) – this can be found within the main car park at the Lone Moor Road side of the Greyhound race track.

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"This entrance is specifically for TERRACE and MARK FARREN Stand ticket holders. Lone Moor Road turnstiles may also be used for entering this side of the stadium.

"All SOUTHEND Stand ticket holders should enter via Anne St Car Park or Brandywell Road turnstiles.“These new entrance guidelines have worked well this season and stewards will be available to assist supporters entering the stadium.

"The stewards will also continue to carry out searches at all entrance points and any supporter found with alcohol or pyrotechnics will be refused entry.“We want all supporters to enjoy their visit to Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium and we look forward to further stadium developments in the coming months as work continues on the construction of the new stand which will allow us to increase capacity and grow our fan base."