Latics issue flares warning

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WIGAN Athletic have announced they will ban anyone found in possession of a flare at games this season.

The club has released a statement following ugly scenes at Barnsley on Saturday where a couple were thrown by fans at the back into their fellow supporters below.

Latics have put out an immediate response saying that anyone found in possession of such devices will “be dealt with in the most severe manner possible – resulting in immediate ejection and banning orders.”

Two arrests were made at Oakwell and the club has vowed to help South Yorkshire police with any inquiries.

Latics chief executive Jonathan Jackson said: “We are aware of the growing trend amongst a minority of our younger supporters to bring flares and fireworks to matches and we will not tolerate it.

“The use of these devices by spectators in sports grounds is illegal and dangerous. Our priority is for the safety and well- being of the vast majority of our supporters, who are loyal, well behaved and created a magnificent atmosphere at Barnsley.”

Talking about those involved in setting off the flares, Mr Jackson added: “They are not the sort of fans we want tarnishing the reputation of the club and endangering fellow fans.

“They are not welcome at Wigan Athletic and we will do everything we can to prevent these incidents occurring again.”