Rangers pyro display sparks hardline Scottish government stance before crunch SPFL summit amid major 'risk'
The Scottish government have issued a fresh warning to football fans and their use of pyro before crunch talks with the SPFL.
The summit on Tuesday follows several warning clubs and authorities for supporters to ditch the fireworks and flares amid growing concern, with the conversations between Holyrood and league chiefs ramping up following Rangers clash with Dundee. Philippe Clement's side romped to a 5-0 win but the huge show of flares in the away end has proven the dominant talking point.
The game was paused for 19 minutes - with kick-off already delayed due to traffic - as smoke from the array of pyrotechnics set off a fire alarm and forced the players off the pitch. After all the stoppages and delays, the game eventually finished at 22:40. The Daily Mail report that Scottish government officials will join SPFL chiefs and representatives of Police Scotland in discussions hosted by the Football Safety Officers Association over the displays.
A statement from the Scottish government spokesperson read: 'No one should be put at risk of harm from the misuse of pyrotechnics. It is a criminal offence to take, or attempt to take, pyrotechnics, including fireworks, into football stadiums and the Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022 provided Police Scotland with further measures to deter and prevent their use from June 2023.
"We welcome the stance that football authorities, clubs, many fans and fan groups, as well as front-line services, have taken to pyrotechnic misuse, speaking out against it and working together on joint messaging and awareness-raising, and we continue to work with partners on what more can be done."