As we return to the EFL we would like remind FANS that it is illegal to bring pyrotechnics such as flares and fireworks into Victoria Park. Hartlepool United, alongside all 72 EFL clubs, we have signed up to a charter to help put an end to the dangerous use of pyrotechnics within EFL football grounds.
The introduction of the single-issue charter comes amid increasing concerns about the proliferation of pyrotechnics being used in stadia with its main objective to act as a future deterrent.
In conjunction with police forces around the country, EFL clubs will take strong and decisive action against any fan found attempting to bring a banned item into a ground. The same will apply to supporters who choose to discharge pyrotechnics within a stadium environment. Police should be informed of such incidents and consideration given to a prosecution and subsequent banning order, where sufficient evidence is forthcoming of a criminal offence.
The Charter states any supporter found to be in breach of the terms of the charter will face a minimum three-season club ban. Clubs will be permitted the flexibility to reduce the length of the club ban should an offender recognise the danger of their actions.