FLARES & SMOKE BOMBS
Lincoln City Football Club advises that the ground management adopts and enforces a clear policy to prevent and prohibit spectators from taking a flare / smoke emitter or fireworks into Sports Grounds.
It should also be noted that the Sporting Events Control of Alcohol Act 1985 (as amended by the Public Order Act 1986) makes it an offence for a person to have in their possession any firework / flare / smoke emitter etc whilst attempting to enter or whilst in a football ground and provides police with the power to search people and to arrest persons committing offences under the Act.
PRE-MATCH WARM UP SESSIONS
Supporters who enter the stadium on a match day should be aware that, prior to each fixture, the teams warm-up on the playing surface whilst the stadium is filling with supporters. Footballs are used during this period and there is a low to moderate risk to injury to supporters from footballs at this time. The tannoy will announce the arrival of the players on the pitch for the warm-up period.
Important information regarding Ground Regulation and Football Banning Orders
Copies of the ground regulations and conditions of entry to Sincil Bank Stadium are posted around the ground. However, we respectfully draw the attention of all supporters to Section 7 of the regulations, which says:
The use of threatening behaviour, foul, abusive or racist language is strictly forbidden and will result in either arrest or ejection from the ground. The following are arrestable offences under the Football (offences) Act 1991, as amended by the Football (Offences and Disorder) Act 1999:
- the throwing of any object within the ground without lawful authority or excuse
- the chanting of anything indecent or racialist in nature
- the entry onto the playing area or any adjacent area to which spectators are not generally admitted without lawful authority or excuse.
Conviction could result in a Football Banning Order being made for all grounds in the country together with travelling abroad when England play.
Supporters are also reminded that Section 9 of the regulations say that nobody may stand in any seated area whilst play is in progress. Persistent standing in seated areas is strictly forbidden and may result in ejection from the ground.
Lincoln City Football Club has over recent years done everything in its power to raise the profile of LCFC as a community club and continues to work in close partnership with Lincolnshire Police to make Sincil Bank and the surrounding areas a safe environment on match days. To show our commitment to this policy working alongside Lincolnshire Police we have taken the strongest possible action against visiting offenders.
We wish to encourage families and genuine supporters to visit Sincil Bank and hope they enjoy the match day experience we provide in a safe and friendly atmosphere.