Sheffield Wednesday are reminding supporters of their conduct regarding the setting off of smoke bombs or flares at Owls fixtures, home or away.
As has been emphasised in the recent past, he club are determined to eradicate this unacceptable behaviour and will undertake additional searching as well as instructing CCTV operators and stewards to be increasingly vigilant to assist in identifying those in possession of such articles.
Anyone found to be in possession of any banned item, whether set off or not, will receive an indefinite club ban from Hillsborough and all away matches. Such an offence will also lead to arrest by the Police followed by a charge and criminal record.
All supporters should be aware that it is an offence to be in possession of such articles at a designated sports ground. The relevant legislation is detailed below:
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he has an article or substance to which this section applies in his possession
(a) at any time during the period of a designated sporting event when he is in any area of a designated sports ground from which the event may be directly viewed, or
(b) while entering or trying to enter a designated sports ground at any time during the period of a designated sporting event at the ground.
(2) It is a defence for the accused to prove that he had possession with lawful authority.
(3) This section applies to any article or substance whose main purpose is the emission of a flare for purposes of illuminating or signalling (as opposed to igniting or heating) or the emission of smoke or a visible gas; and in particular it applies to distress flares, fog signals, and pellets and capsules intended to be used as fumigators or for testing pipes, but not to matches, cigarette lighters or heaters.
(4) This section also applies to any article which is a firework.
Thank you for your co-operation.