Sheffield United fans reported to police after supporters are struck by flares

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Sheffield United bosses are clamping down on fans caught setting off pyrotechnics at its games.

Innocent Blades fans were struck after flares were thrown and smoke bombs set off in the away end at Oakwell during Saturday’s game against Barnsley.

The club is clamping down on yobs and has banned two fans for five years and three years, respectively, after they were caught setting off fireworks at Bramall Lane during last month’s clash against Scunthorpe United.

The supporters were caught when additional surveillance equipment was installed at the ground.

The club said it has reported those responsible for Saturday’s offences to police.

United’s managing director, Mal Brannigan, said: “The incidents have been reported to the Football Association by the match officials and the actions of our ‘supporters’ could cost the club both financially and in the form of sanctions, which we are obviously keen to avoid.”

A grandfather, who was struck by a flare at Oakwell, said: “As I turned round to face our fans, I saw a flare flying towards us.

“Fortunately I was able to push my wife out of the way and cover my grandson, and the flare hit me on the back, bouncing off my thick coat, singeing the fleece of the lady next to me, and landing on the gangway, so the only damage was to two coats.

“I realised afterwards, however,that I was extremely fortunate the flare hadn’t landed in my hood.”