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FA warning for Linnets after away ground smoke bomb incident

The club has received a letter from the Football Association after an investigation into the release of a smoke bomb from among a group of Runcorn Linnets supporters during the recent game at Hednesford Town.


This follows the club's own full and thorough inquiry into the incident on Saturday, October 7th.


Due to insufficient evidence, the person responsible for activating the pyrotechnic could not be identified with 100% certainty.


The FA, after reviewing the match official's report, video footage and the observations of Runcorn Linnets in relation to the matter, has not issued any disciplinary charge against the club.


However, the club has been made well aware that any repeat of such misbehaviour could well bring a different outcome. In such an event, the incident at Hednesford would be taken into account.


The Trust Board does not underestimate the seriousness of the incident or the potentially severe consequences of any similar events in the future and nor should our supporters.


In our report to the FA, Runcorn Linnets explained the regular measures the club takes with regards to safety and security at home matches and advice it issues on the need to behave appropriately at away fixtures.


Organisers of supporters' coaches likewise emphasise that fans should behave respectfully on opposition grounds.


The club also highlighted its proactive response to the incident on the day and since.


While it wasn't possible to pinpoint the supporter responsible for starting the smoke bomb, a small group of fans in the vicinity were identified and invited to a meeting with the club chairman, Pete Cartledge, general manager Bren Connolly and a member of our specialist safety team.


The fans were informed of the club's responsibility to ensure that its supporters adhere to the FA code of conduct and do not place the club at any risk of serious disciplinary action and themselves under threat of legal proceedings.


The FA and Runcorn Linnets now consider this matter closed.

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