The Football Association of Ireland supports UEFA’s zero tolerance stance on pyrotechnics to ensure the safety of all supporters attending games.
The FAI will work with An Garda Siochana, Emergency Services, Local Authorities, Clubs and all stakeholders throughout 2018 to raise awareness and fully implement new directives from UEFA.
Education programmes will follow on the back of a new awareness campaign that is designed to recognise the extreme dangers of lighting pyrotechnics (or flares), which can cause serious burns, disfigurement, temporary loss of sight and sound, and long-term health problems.
As part of UEFA’s new directives, stewards and security personnel have been instructed not to remove any pyrotechnics thrown onto the pitch, its vicinity or in the stands – due to the danger in picking them up. Instead, all pyrotechnics must be allowed to burn out before being removed.
The FAI wants to ensure all games are safe and welcoming to all supporters.