Hyde have confirmed a flare thrown onto their pitch against MK Dons on Friday night will cost them thousands – and will demand those found guilty to foot the bill.
The Tigers will take what they call decisive action against those who damaged their 3G surface during their FA Cup first round tie.
The police are now involved and the Evo-Stik North club will demand those who are indentified are held to account.
They released a statement clarifying the club’s position on the matter. Hyde lost the game 4-0 to the League One club.
A flare thrown by Hyde fans has burnt a hole through their 4G pitch before kickoff against MK Dons tonight. ???? pic.twitter.com/Y9LBNyHOiQ
— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) November 3, 2017
It read: “We will be pursuing a prosecution of the individual or individuals involved through the courts in line with the Football (Offences) Act 1991 : Throwing of missiles onto the playing area or into the crowd – s.2 and Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985.
“We will be asking for the courts to fine the individuals for the damage and loss of revenue caused by their actions to a facility which cost £500k.
“We will be asking for a lifetime banning order for all football stadia to be made against all individuals found guilty of any crime in relation to the incidents which took place on Friday 3rd November at Ewen Fields.
“We think it is important to thank the large majority of fans, both home and away, who attended the game with the intention of watching and supporting their team. We believe both sides played in a competitive fixture and 99% of the 3,000 fans inside the ground enjoyed the game and the overall experience provided by Hyde United FC as the host club.”
The statement continued: “We have reported the throwing of flares on to the pitch as criminal damage and have received a crime number. The Police will now carry out a formal investigation.
“We have received a large number of photographs and videos clearly showing the people involved, along with confirmed names of these individuals. This information will be passed to the Police.
— Rich McCarthy (@VJRichMcCarthy) November 3, 2017
“We would urge people who attended the game to continue to send in any information they may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
“The damage to the pitch has resulted in the closure of the facility, resulting in loss of revenue, and will require significant financial investment to rectify.”