Fans sent 'strongest possible' pyro warning ahead of Hampden semis

Additional measures will be in place to identify anyone partaking in illegal pyro displays.

Fans sent ‘strongest possible’ pyro warning ahead of Hampden semi-finals SNS Group

Fans attending this weekend’s League Cup semi-finals have been reminded in the “strongest possible terms” that the use of pyro is illegal.

The warning comes after a display in the away end of the Dundee vs Rangers midweek game caused the game to be halted until the smoke cleared.

A smoke alarm was activated after the fireworks were set off by Rangers fans before their team won 5-0 when the game eventually restarted.

The SPFL issued a statement on Friday urging fans attending Hampden this weekend to enjoy the showpiece games in a “safe and responsible manner”.

Hibs take on Aberdeen in the first of the last four clashes on Saturday before Rangers play Hearts at the same stadium on Sunday.

A four sets of fans have been told to leave the pyro at home and avoid putting the safety of other at risk and warned that a range of measures will be in place to identify anyone indulging in illegal displays.

A statement from the game’s governing body said: “Ahead of this weekend’s Viaplay Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park, the Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League call on supporters to enjoy the showpiece occasions in a safe and responsible manner.

“Given the increased focus on the use of pyrotechnics, we appeal to fans of all four participating clubs to enjoy the matchday experience at the National Stadium but to do so in a manner that does not endanger the safety of their fellow supporters, or that has the potential to disrupt the matches themselves.

“The use of pyrotechnics is illegal. That message has been reiterated in the strongest possible terms by the police and football safety authorities, and reinforced by the SPFL and Scottish FA, during operational meetings with the participating clubs this week.

“The safety, security and enjoyment of tens of thousands of fans who will fill the National Stadium this weekend is paramount and there will be a range of steps put in place to help identify anyone who transgresses, including additional security measures and CCTV surveillance.

“We ask for your help in ensuring the weekend action is memorable for the excitement and entertainment generated on the field and not for any unwanted behaviour off it.”

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