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Match forbids for football fans over flare offences

For attempting to bring flares into the Wales-Poland game last month, three men have been banned from attending football matches.
 |  Borena Kuliashvili  | 

Mateusz Jaroz, 30, of Bridgwater, Somerset, Krzysztof Ilnicki, 40, of Liverpool, and Sebastian Gonicki, 38, of Blackpool all admitted having the flares at a sporting event.

The men are all natives of Poland.

The flares and fireworks that were let off at the game in Cardiff were not their fault.

On September 25, Wales defeated to Poland 1-0 at Cardiff City Stadium, while flares and a firework were set off in the opposing section.

Hearing held in Cardiff Magistrates’ Court It was Gonicki and Ilnicki’s first time attending a football game, and none of the men knew each other, they informed the police.

A football ban was warranted, according to prosecutor Nicholas Evans, since there would have been a high risk of damage if the flare had been deployed and because the sentence would act as a deterrence.

Gonicki told police he had found the flare on the ground and intended to take it into the stadium where he might have used it after a few beers,” according to Gonicki’s attorney, John McCarthy.

Gonicki had “been dumb,” according to Mr. McCarthy, because he was ignorant that it was illegal to bring flares to football games in the UK.

Pyrotechnics are not permitted at Polish stadiums, the court was informed.

Gonicki received a three-year suspension, a £300 fine, and a $205 cost assessment.

According to Mr. McCarthy, Ilnicki claimed to have placed the flare in his trouser pocket after discovering it on the ground.

Despite knowing it was improper to throw a flare into the ground, Ilnicki claimed he had “no intention” of deploying it.

He was given a three-year suspension, ordered to pay costs of £223 and a fine of £346.

Stewards reportedly stopped Jaroz before he entered the stadium and discovered him in possession of a flare.

According to Mr. McCarthy, Jaroz informed police that he paid £10 for the flare from a fan in a bar and “understood it was improper.”

Mr. McCarthy claimed that although Jaroz was “caught up in the atmosphere,” he was aware that it was “foolish.”

He received a three-year suspension, a £369 fine, and a $233 cost mandate.

Five hours prior to kickoff and five hours following the conclusion of a football game, men are not permitted within 2,500 meters of the field.

They were instructed to avoid visiting any towns on days when a Polish professional team was in action.

If they disobey the directives, they might spend six months in jail.

The same offense was admitted by Martin Koczur, 28, of Staines, Surrey, who is originally from Hungary. However, his case was postponed while he looked for legal representation.

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