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An appeal for help from fans

16 March 2016

We ask for fans’ help identifying smoke grenade supporters

Last weekend, play was halted in a Sky Bet League 2 match between Exeter City and Carlisle United to a smoke grenade being deployed behind the old Stagecoach Stand at St James Park.

Spectators had to be evacuated onto the Exeter City pitch while the fire brigade checked all areas to ensure it was safe for the fans to return and the game to resume. Local police made an arrest and play resumed approximately an hour later.

Following events at Saturday’s Exeter City match, The Football League's Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said “Unfortunately the actions of one individual have caused significant disruption and put fellow fans at risk of injury.

“The taking of smoke grenades or flares to football matches is irresponsible and absolutely mindless. It is something that has to stop.”

At Reading Football Club, we agree. Unfortunately, a number of smoke grenades were set off at Madejski Stadium last Friday night, in both home and away sections of the stadium, towards the end of our Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final against Crystal Palace.

And we would like to appeal to home and away supporters for any information they may have which can help Thames Valley Police identify those resposible.

Anyone who can provide any witness accounts which may help us identify who brought these smoke grenades into the ground, please feel free to contact Customer Service at Reading Football Club on 0118 968 1211, Thames Valley Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 333.

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