Fan avoids ban order over smoke bomb

Fleetwood Town FC Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood Town FC Highbury Stadium
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A football fan was caught trying to take a smoke bomb into a ground.

Michael Large told police he had intended setting off the smoke grenade in the ground during Fleetwood Town’s home game against Crewe Alexandra.

Large, a 22-year-old administrator, of Audley Street, Crewe, pleaded guilty to trying to enter a sports ground with a firework.

He was fined £175 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who said they did not feel it necessary to impose a Football Banning Order on Large which would have prevented him from attending football matches.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said on August 9 Fleetwood Town were playing a home game against Crewe Alexandra at the port’s Highbury Stadium (pictured).

Large went to hand his ticket in at the gate and a cylindrical-shaped smoke grenade fell out of his pocket.

When interviewed Large said he had been given the firework and he intended setting it off inside the ground.

Large, who had no previous convictions, told magistrates: “At that stage I did not know it was a major offence.

“It was stupid and I have learnt from my mistake.

“I am a regular supporter and it would be devastating for me to get a Football Banning Order.”