Bond pleads with fans to stop using flares

Bond pleads with fans to stop using flares
Dundalk FC Chairman Ciaran Bond has pleaded with the club’s supporters to stop using flares at matches.

Dundalk FC Chairman Ciaran Bond has pleaded with the club’s supporters to stop using flares at matches.

The Lilywhites were hit with a €1,000 fine for the use of flares at the FAI Cup semi-final with Drogheda United two weekends ago and they can expect another sanction after a number of flares were lit in the away end at Dalymount Park on Saturday night.

“There are two problems arising from the use of flares”, said Bond.

“The first issue is that it is costing the club financially and the second, and this is more serious, is that they are dangerous. It is only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt.”

Bond revealed that the club have paid €3,000 in fines to the FAI this season, more than each of the other 11 clubs in the Premier Division combined.

“We have the worst record for any club this year when it comes to fines”, he said.

“We need to take serious action to stop this and anybody found using flares will be banned from Oriel Park and every away ground in the country.

“People say that flares look great and they add to the occasion but the bottom line is that they are illegal and dangerous and they are costing the club a lot of money and it is only a matter of time before somebody gets seriously hurt.”

Speaking about Dundalk’s season, Bond said that a top three finish would guarantee a place in next year’s All Ireland competition, which is expected to be a pared back version of the old Setanta Cup.

The chairman also revealed that contract negotiations were ongoing with a number of the current squad and that an announcement on renewals was expected at the end of this week.