Tayside’s police chief has warned fans fans after the “dangerous” use of pyrotechnics at the Angus derby at the weekend.
Officers say they dealt with “violence and disorder” following the match between Arbroath and Montrose at Gayfield Park on Saturday.
Now, they’ve issued a warning to those participating in that kind of behaviour that they’ll be arrested and banned from future games.
Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith of Police Scotland’s Tayside Division said: “Pyrotechnics of any kind at football matches are extremely dangerous and can cause significant life-changing injuries for those carrying them.
“These items have serious public safety implications and anyone found in possession of them should be in no doubt, where an offence is committed, they will be arrested and they will have a criminal record.
“It is extremely concerning to find that at the recent match at Gayfield Park there were five instances within the ground where pyrotechnics were used.
“The majority of fans are there to enjoy the match and want to do so in a safe and secure environment. Those that bring these items to football matches put the safety of themselves and others at risk.
“Due to the close joint working of police and stewards, two people were found with pyrotechnics in their possession before the match. These individuals were arrested and will be banned from attending all future games.
“After the game, officers had to be deployed to deal with significant clashes between opposing fans in the centre of Arbroath. Three youths were arrested for their part in the disorder.
“Be in no doubt that my officers will identify others who were involved in this conduct. I would urge anyone with information in relation to this matter, to come forward and let my officers know.
Derek Sim, chairman of Montrose Football Club, said: “We are very disappointed a number of supporters decided to not only bring these to the game but also became involved in confronting opposition supporters in the streets following the match.”
John Christison, chairman of Arbroath Football Club, added: “Such behaviour is completely unacceptable.”