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Middlesbrough smoke bomb fans banned until 2017

Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The three teenagers were banned until June 2017

Three teenagers have been banned from attending Middlesbrough football matches for three years after a smoke bomb was discharged inside the stadium.

The three males, all aged between 14 and 17, received bans after the club investigated a bomb being discharged in the south stand toilet block.

The club said it was discharged during half-time of the game against Wigan Athletic on 28 January.

It added any breach of the ban could result in a possible lifetime ban.

Safety officer Chris Patzelt said: "Middlesbrough Football Club remains committed to providing a safe environment for all supporters to watch football and will take action against any person who threatens the safety and reputation of both our supporters and the club itself in this manner.

"Supporters are reminded that it is a criminal offence to bring pyrotechnics into, or possess them in, a football ground."

The club added that this incident was the first time a smoke bomb had been discharged by a Boro supporter inside the Riverside Stadium.

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