A TEENAGE football fan who took a smoke bomb to a football match has been banned for attending games for three years.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was caught with the canister at Sunderland AFC’s clash with Manchester City in November.
He pleaded guilty at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court to a charge under the Sporting Events Act of being in possession of an article at a designated sporting event, when he was in the area of a designated sports ground.
Smoke bombs gush out coloured smoke when ignited.
The bench gave the youth a 12-month conditional discharge and imposed a three-year football banning order.
He must also pay £85 towards court costs, following the offence on November 10, when SAFC triumphed over Man City by 1-0.
Speaking after the hearing, Sunderland Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, from Northumbria Police, said: “We work closely with Sunderland Football Club and do everything we can to ensure the safety of supporters at football matches.
“Flares and pyrotechnics have no place inside football stadiums, they are incredibly dangerous and could cause serious injury.
“This case should show that if you are caught bringing flares inside stadiums then you face being arrested, being put in front of the courts and being banned from going to football matches.”