Castleford supporter handed lifetime ban

Castleford have issued a lifetime ban to the person who set off a smoke bomb at last week’s game against Huddersfield.

Two supporters required medical attention due to breathing difficulties after the bomb was set off at the John Smith’s Stadium.

After a thorough investigation, the club have handed the individual responsible a lifetime ban from the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and all other rugby league stadiums.

The offender has also had their 2019 season ticket cancelled, with the Tigers keen to clamp down on the use of incendiary devices such as smoke bombs, fireworks and flares.

A statement on the Castleford Tigers website reads:

Castleford Tigers have handed a lifetime ban to a supporter as part of the club’s crackdown on the use of smoke bombs at recent games.

Earlier this month, the club issued a warning to supporters that a zero-tolerance approach was being taken to the use of incendiary devices such as smoke bombs, fireworks and flares by home or away supporters.

The latest incident involved a smoke bomb being set off at last week’s match against Huddersfield Giants, which caused two fans to require medical attention due to breathing difficulties and led to an appeal for information from supporters to help identify those responsible.

The club would like to thank everybody who has provided information following this appeal and can confirm that the Tigers’ ground safety team has now successfully identified the culprit and taken appropriate action.

This includes the fan in question having his 2019 season ticket cancelled and receiving a lifetime ban from the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and all other stadia.

Castleford Tigers would like to further reiterate that any home or away supporter caught igniting a smoke bomb, firework or flare at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, or a Tigers fan identified committing a similar offence at an away fixture, will be dealt with accordingly.

The club would like to further thank the vast majority of fans for their continued support of the club and impeccable behaviour on matchdays.

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