THREE YEAR BAN FOR FAN WHO THREW SMOKE GRENADE
A Leicester City fan who threw a smoke grenade on to the pitch during an FA Cup match has been given a three year ban. Daniel Storer, 21, threw the missile onto the pitch after Leicester City clinched a dramatic stoppage time win against Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday, January 24. He was identified by police and stewards in the ground and put before a court in London. He pleaded guilty to the offence of throwing a missile and was given a three year football banning order. The order means Storer, of Newbold Verdon, cannot attend any professional football match and will have to surrender his passport when the England national team is playing overseas.
Today, Leicestershire Police’s football specialist warned that the use of various types of smoke bombs and pyrotechnic devices was becoming increasingly common.
PC Alistair Grimsley said City’s recent league and cup away games at West Ham, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester United had all seen fans using smoke grenades or similar devices. Officers believe three such devices were activated by City fans during the White Hart Lane match, although Storer was the only fan caught in the act.
PC Grimsley, said: “There has been an increasing trend in the use of pyrotechnics amongst Leicester City football supporters this season, particularly when travelling away from home. “Unfortunately some of these devices burn at a very high temperature and can cause panic and respiratory problems, especially among those who suffer from asthma. “This sentence highlights just how seriously these offences are taken by the courts.”
A spokesman for Leicester City said: “The welfare of supporters is the club’s highest priority and we will continue to work with Leicestershire Police and other relevant authorities to prevent supporter safety being compromised. “The club has a zero-tolerance approach to the use of flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics of any kind and supports the issuing of bans in any incidents of this nature.”
Storer appeared at North London Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 16.
As well as the domestic and international match bans, he will also have to inform the Football Banning Order Authority of any change of address.
Source: Leicester Mercury