Disciplinary Statement on behalf of Cornwall FA
Towards the end of the 2018/19 season Cornwall FA were made aware of incidents at both The Cornwall FA Senior Cup Final at Bodmin Town and The Walter C Parsons League Cup Final at St Blazey. The incidents were in relation to the use of Pyrotechnics. The reports from The Senior Cup Final related to supporters of Falmouth Town and the reports from the League Cup Final were in relation to supporters of Saltash United.
Having spoken with both clubs and to maintain consistency in our approach Cornwall FA did not issue charges against either club, however both clubs were written to and warned that should any more reports be received of pyrotechnics being used at games then charges would be issued against the offending club. Both clubs were also issued reminders that the use of Pyrotechnics is illegal and could result in criminal proceedings against any individuals found to have set off Pyrotechnics. Additionally all member clubs of Cornwall FA were written to and advised that the use of Pyrotechnics was forbidden at football matches, the statement issued was also circulated by The Kitchen Kit Southwest Peninsula League.
Since the start of the season we have received reports of Pyrotechnics being used at two matches by supporters of Falmouth Town, firstly at a match against Mousehole AFC and secondly at a match against Helston Athletic FC. These incidents were investigated and the match officials for both games submitted statements. Subsequently Falmouth Town were charged for two separate breaches of FA Rule E20 (failure to Control the behaviour of Spectators).
These cases were recently heard by Cornwall FA, in the first instance Falmouth Town were issued with a fine of £200, for the 2nd instance Falmouth Town were issued with a fine of £600. In the second case £300 of the fine was suspended for a period of 24 months. Should Falmouth Town be found guilty of a similar offence within a 24 month period then the £300 will be reinstated and added to any additional sanction.
We would like to remind all clubs that the use of Pyrotechnics at Football Grounds is strictly prohibited, and should we receive reports then the matter will be investigated and charges will be issued and dealt with accordingly.