POLICE had to confiscate a smoke bomb from an away fan ahead of Burton Albion’s penalty defeat against Premership opposition.
Staffordshire Police confirmed that officers stepped in and searched a 17-year-old, from London, as he headed to the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday for the Brewer’s game with Fulham in the Capital One cup.
He was then arrested after they found a smoke bomb and he was handed a fixed penalty notice and the device was confiscated.
A spokesman for the force told the Mail: “Prior to the game between Fulham and Burton Albion, a 17-year-old male, from London, who was walking along Derby Road towards Pirelli Stadium was arrested for having a smoke bomb.
“He was given a fixed penalty ticket.”
An 18-year-old man from Epsom, Surrey, and a 56-year-old man, from Chessington, Surrey, were arrested at the stadium for being drunk and disorderly.
They both received a caution.
Last season, two Chelsea supporters were sent to prison for a month after being arrested for possessing smoke bombs at an away match against Swansea in the Capital One Cup.
The pair were banned from attending football games for six years, while a third supporter involved was also banned for the same length of time. Chelsea have also barred the trio from Stamford Bridge for ten years each.
A spokesman for the force added: “Flares and fireworks at games are banned in the UK for a reason - they have the potential to cause harm and distress, and are a serious fire risk.
“We have seen them used on the continent for many years but this is a relatively new trend for English football.
“Anyone found trying to smuggle in any pyrotechnic devices could expect lengthy football banning orders keeping them out of all British grounds and from travelling to matches abroad.”
This comes after the Brewers fans were revealed to be among the best behaved in the entire country.
A recent report stated that the club had not had to impose a banning order on any of its home fans.