Flare-up condemned by all concerned at Orient

BOTH managers and Orient s chief executive Matthew Porter were quick to condemn supporters who set off a flare during Saturday s game against Swindon. The flare went off in the visitors seating area, which has a wooden floor, and set fire to the segrega

BOTH managers and Orient's chief executive Matthew Porter were quick to condemn supporters who set off a flare during Saturday's game against Swindon.

The flare went off in the visitors' seating area, which has a wooden floor, and set fire to the segregation netting before it was put out by fire stewards.

"There's no place for that and no-one wants to see that at football matches," said O's boss Geraint Williams afterwards.

Porter added: "This was the most stupid single act I have seen inside Brisbane Road.


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"These individuals endangered the lives of the 1,580 supporters from both teams inside the stand with their idiotic actions and it could have ended up much, much worse.

"The club will fully assist the Metropolitan Police's investigation and will be pressing for the strongest possible punishments for the offenders.

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"Thanks to the Swindon supporters who offered to assist us in identifying them. They were outraged that their lives have been put in danger and want these people held to account for their actions."

Swindon boss Danny Wilson added: "Whoever brought that into this stadium wants kicking out. It was absolute stupidity.

"Our fans are brilliant, but whichever individual brought that in should be locked up."

Three Swindon Town supporters have since been arrested.

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