Stan Collymore fears a player could be seriously injured if flares are used inside football pitches as they were at Everton on Sunday.
Merseyside were painted blue by the Evertonians ahead of their huge 1-0 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park.
However, there was one instance where a few blue flares were thrown onto the pitch and used inside the stadium.
Collymore is all for them being used by fans outside stadiums but doesn’t want them inside, warning that a serious player injury could occur.
“I’m a fan of seeing flares off the pitch as long as there are enough police to control the situation, but no more in stadiums please,” Collymore said in The Mirror today. today. [print edition, 3 May, page 47] alongside an image of Evertonians at Goodison Park on Sunday.
“They are too hot, too dangerous, there is too much potential for harm.
“My concern is that one of them will explode one day and end up blinding a player.”
He is right
As much as flares create a big scene and really help add to the atmosphere inside stadiums, they are dangerous and they are banned for a reason.
Holding them aloft in the stand is one thing, but throwing them is completely dangerous and should result in fans being banned.
What if the flares don’t hit the pitch and land on a kid in the stands? What if Richarlison mislaunched the blue rocket onto the pitch at Goodison and it hit someone in the stands?
Yes, that image of Richarlison will be legendary if the Blues avoid relegation but he shouldn’t have thrown it away, in our very honest opinion.
Either way, the Evertonians created one of the best atmospheres Goodison Park – and the city of Liverpool – have ever seen on Sunday.
It undoubtedly played a part in what was a monumental victory over Chelsea, which now means the Premier League is safely in the hands of Frank Lampard and this set of players.
Hopefully they can because we all believe they can.
In other Everton news, Richard Keys has slammed Lampard and Everton players after images of Goodison’s exterior emerged on Sunday.
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