Cambridge United have recently introduced new sniffer dogs on match day, to detect supporters bringing flares into the Abbey Stadium.
The Club already has CCTV cameras and plain clothed stewards in operation, and the addition of sniffer dogs highlights the Club’s effort to exhaust every avenue possible in order to ensure the safety all of who enter the Abbey Stadium on match day.
In November 2017 all EFL Clubs signed up to a ‘Club Charter on Pyrotechnics’, with a commitment to taking strong and decisive action against any fans found attempting to bring a banned item into a ground, or those who discharge pyrotechnics.
Any supporter that has been, or found to be, in breach of the terms of the Charter is subject to a minimum three-season Club ban. A number of Club bans have already been issued since the launch of the Charter, including an increase in Club bans for away supporters due to the ongoing co-operation between EFL Clubs.
Clubs are permitted the flexibility to reduce the length of the Club ban should an offender recognise the danger of their actions, although the overall safety of supporters is always paramount. The EFL would therefore like to remind all supporters that the use of any pyrotechnic device is strictly prohibited within any stadium up and down the country, and strong action will be taken in the event of any such devices being discharged.
Cambridge United would like to thank all supporters, home and away, for their ongoing cooperation in this matter, so we can all enjoy the game in safety.