Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Flares Go Up at Football Games ; Figures Reveal a Rise in the Number of Supporters Being Arrested for Smuggling Pyrotechnics into Matches

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Flares Go Up at Football Games ; Figures Reveal a Rise in the Number of Supporters Being Arrested for Smuggling Pyrotechnics into Matches

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THE number of football fans arrested for taking flares and smoke bombs into matches has risen over the last five seasons.

And both Manchester clubs are in the top seven when it comes to the number of fans held for the offence.

In all games in England during the 2010-11 season, only eight arrests were made for the possession of pyrotechnics. But by the end of 2013-14, that number had gone up to 188.

Though last season did see a drop in the number of arrests down to 120, that was still 15 times more arrests than just five seasons ago.

Manchester City are the third worst offenders in the country, with 14 fans being arrested after being found with flares, smoke bombs or other fireworks in the last three seasons.

Only Stoke with 24 and Blackpool with 16 have had more fans detained for possession of pyrotechnics. …

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