Use of pyrotechnics on rise in English football
Children as young as 8 years old have smuggled pyrotechnics into
stadiums for use by adults, according to a study by English
football authorities that shows the use of flares and smoke bombs
is on the rise.
The Premier League, Football League and The Football Association
have launched a campaign about the danger of pyrotechnics, with 86
percent of supporters surveyed saying they were concerned for their
safety at matches.
Figures show that while there were only eight incidents of
pyrotechnic use in the 2010-11 season across the English leagues
and cup competitions, the number rose to 172 in the 2012-13 season.
There were 96 incidents between August and October this season.
During a Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham
on Oct. 20, a linesman was struck by a lit smoke canister thrown
from the stand.