“Moronic” Lincoln football fans face lifetime bans for setting off flare

The chairman of Lincoln United has said that he will hand out lifetime bans to the “mindless” fans who set off a flare during their game against Lincoln City.

Lincoln United beat their rivals 2-0 in front of a crowd of 815 at Ashby Avenue for the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup match.

However, the game was temporarily overshadowed in the second half when a flare was set off in the City End of the ground.

Chairman of Lincoln United Malcolm Cowling has promised a zero-tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour, and is working to identify the offenders.

He said: “Behaviour like this is moronic at best and downright dangerous at worst and will not be tolerated by Lincoln United.

“We are already working with our friends at Lincoln City to try to establish the identity of the culprit or culprits and lifetime bans will be issued by Lincoln United to anyone who is found to have been involved directly or indirectly.

“We will also refuse entry to Ashby Avenue to anyone in future whom we think has been involved in anti-social behaviour before, either at Ashby Avenue or at any other ground.

“Finally, I would like to apologise to the genuine fans who were affected by the incident and I hope it will not deter you from attending Whites’ home games in future.

“We are a friendly, family-orientated club that prides itself on its hospitality and we will take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who brings our hard-earned reputation into disrepute.”