Following recent events at the Hereford FC match away to Farnborough FC on Saturday, 3rd February 2018, HUST would like to thank the vast majority of fans who are well behaved at home and away matches.
HUST notes that since the formation of Hereford FC it has been a regular occurrence for smoke bombs and other pyrotechnics to be used at matches.
HUST Chairman Richard Tomkins said ‘Clearly some fans see the use of smoke bombs and pyro as adding excitement to the match day experience. Maybe they are trying recreate the feeling of European football matches in the Southern League? But whilst some fans may enjoy this they need to be aware of the law. If a court is sentencing someone for entering a stadium with pyro then the starting point for sentencing is three months in prison. The situation is even worse for under 18s where possession of pyro in any place is an offence. We wouldn’t want to see the future of any fan, particularly a young person, ruined for falling foul of peer pressure and buying a smoke bomb on the way to a match. Further to this any conviction will most probably include a football banning order for a number of years. So a £3 smoke bomb could lead to three months in prison and a three year football ban. Whether you agree with the law or not those are harsh consequences. Therefore, we urge all HFC fans to respect the law and forget the idea of ‘no pyro, no party’.’
Further to this HUST is aware of a trial of pyro amnesty bins used a number of years ago by Northampton Town. HUST Vice-Chairman, Craig Goodall, said ‘We will seek to understand the success of the trial by Northampton Town at our next Board meeting. We want every supporter to be able to enjoy their day at the football and wish to avoid unnecessary injury or prosecution of any fan, steward, player or referee.