FA investigate ‘dangerous’ flares let off in Liverpool’s Community Shield win

The FA have launched an investigation after flares were set off during Liverpool's win in the Community Shield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds won the Community Shield for the first time under Jurgen Klopp after they brushed aside their old rivals Manchester City. Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Darwin Nunez were all on target as Klopp's side ran out 3-1 winners.

But celebrations at the King Power Stadium have come under criticism after Liverpool fans set off flares. A statement from the FA read: "We are aware of incidents during the FA Community Shield where flares were used in the stands.

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"The use of smoke bombs or pyrotechnics in a football stadium is dangerous, illegal and could have severe consequences.

"We can confirm that we are investigating the matter and will be working with the relevant authorities, the clubs and the police to identify the individuals involved and we will take appropriate action.

"We expect the club to also investigate these incidents and to implement the new rules where applicable."

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The investigation comes after The FA announced tougher punishments against pitch invasions, smoke bombs, and flares.

There will be more thorough stadium entry searches from the start of the new season and increased use of sniffer dogs at grounds to enforce the new rules.

Football Supporters’ Association chief executive Kevin Miles said: "We are contacted by supporters on a fairly regular basis who have been caught jumping on the pitch, or with pyro in the stands, and without exception, they regret doing it.

"Whether they had positive intentions or not is irrelevant in the eyes of the law – pyro and pitch incursions are illegal, you will be prosecuted and you will be banned by your club."


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