Warning on pyrotechnics.
Byline: Mike Brown Reporter email@example.com
AN eight-year-old Boro fan suffered an asthma attack at the Riverside Stadium after a pyrotechnic was set off.
Now Boro have sent a reminder to fans not to bring any kind of pyrotechnic - usually flares - to the ground following a series of incidents which they say could put lives at risk.
An eight-year-old boy was treated for smoke inhalation and suffered an asthma attack after a flare was set off at the final home league match of last season, against Brighton.
In a statement the club said: "Last season there were several incidents involving pyrotechnics - usually flares - that caused serious health and safety issues and resulted in one eight-year-old fan suffering an asthma attack. "In another incident, a homemade device hit the roof of a stand and had the potential to cause serious injury or even death".
The offenders have been issued with football banning orders, and one has been excluded from the Riverside Stadium for five years.
Clubs are also liable to heavy fines when flares are set off within grounds, with Reading fined PS100,000 after a fan threw a flare into an area housing opposition supporters. Fans who bring pyrotechnics to grounds can be charged under the Explosives Act and the Sporting Events Control of Alcohol Act.
Match officials are dutybound to report any incidents with the Football League.
The Football Association also has the power to reduce ticket allocations for away games should an offence be conducted at another ground.
A club statement continued: "If you bring a pyrotechnic to a ground, you could end up with a criminal record and even be sent to prison.
"You are also in danger of threatening the health and safety of your fellow fans.
"Middlesbrough Football Club has a zero-tolerance approach to the use of any pyrotechnic device inside the stadium or on any of its property."