Pyrotechnic fines taking vital funds away from Welsh Football
About FAW
22 July 2022

Pyrotechnic fines taking vital funds away from Welsh Football

The Football Association of Wales has received notification of a CHF 15,000 fine from FIFA relating to the inappropriate behaviour of its supporters using pyrotechnics during Cymru’s World Cup Play-Off Final against Ukraine on 5 June. 

The FAW accepts the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and once again issues a strong reminder to fans attending matches at all levels of the game that pyrotechnics present dangers to spectators, players and officials.  

This is the second time that Welsh football has been fined for such an offence following the FIFA World Cup Play-Off Semi-Final against Austria in March.

The FAW warns fans in the strongest possible terms not to bring pyrotechnic devices into the stadium for matches as the escalating fines are taking vital funds that are required to grow the game here in Wales and improve facilities etc.

There is no safe use of pyrotechnics in spectator areas at football events with their use having many health risks and dangers such as loss of sight, limb or digit removal due to their explosive power. 

Being in possession of a pyrotechnic device at a football match or attempting to bring such a device into a football stadium, is a criminal offence under the Sporting Events Act 1985. Any person committing such an offence faces an FA Wales ban, probable arrest and a minimum 3 year Football Banning Order.

The FAW will continue to work closely with Cardiff City Stadium ahead of the June international matches to prevent the use of pyrotechnics and will report any individuals to the relevant authorities if found in possession or uses such a device.