Bradford City’s Ryan Sparks says ‘heinous’ incident shows disregard for club’s history

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HISTORY: The memorial to the victims of the City of Bradford fire at Valley Parade

During the Valley Parade match, which saw the Bantams record their first Ligue 2 win of the campaign, a flare was launched from the top of the Kop, injuring a spectator.

The club is reviewing CCTV footage and asking for witnesses. It promises an indefinite ban from all Bradford City matches for the culprit and anyone connected to the incident or trying to cover it up.

“Given our history and what many of our supporters have been through together, it was absolutely sickening to see a pyrotechnic display deployed inside Valley Parade,” said general manager Ryan Sparks.

“After what our club has been through, it is heinous to think that one of our own supporters would show such disregard for our history and such disrespect for other supporters.

“Yesterday’s events will no doubt have affected a number of people who witnessed them. For this, on behalf of the football club, I would like to apologize.

“It is incredibly disappointing to discuss this type of behavior so early in the new season, given the statement recently released regarding matchday misconduct and its implications – both in terms of the club’s finances and reputation. .

“When we find those responsible, they will face the strongest possible action, and we urge anyone with information to come forward and participate in our investigations.”

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Flares have become an increasingly regular sight at English football matches, to the point that they were commonplace at games last season, despite it being illegal to take them onto pitches.

As a result, authorities have promised tougher action this season, putting Bradford under threat of sanctions over the incident.

Valley Parade saw one of the worst fan tragedies in history when 56 fans died in a fire during a game against Lincoln City in 1985. At least 265 were reportedly injured.

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