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Club statement | Ashton Gate

5 January 2017

Club appeal for help in identifying fans responsible for smoke grenade

Reading Football Club have been made aware of an incident which saw a smoke grenade used in an away section of the stadium at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate earlier this month.

The Football Association have written to the club following the incident which took place towards the end of our thrilling 3-2 win over the Robins on Monday 2nd January 2017.

Following another incident involving a smoke grenade at Exeter City’s St James Park last season, which actually halted a match between the Grecians and Carlisle United, The Football League's Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said “The taking of smoke grenades or flares to football matches is irresponsible and absolutely mindless. It is something that has to stop.” And at Reading Football Club, we agree.

We would like to appeal to the 1,844 travelling fans – who in the overwhelming majority supported the first team in exemplary fashion at Ashton Gate that afternoon - for any information which may help identify those responsible for the incident.

Anyone who can provide any witness accounts which may assist the investigation in establishing who brought this smoke grenade into the ground, please feel free to contact Customer Service at Reading Football Club on 0118 968 1211 or via email at

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