The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE - By Robin Jones

BROMS­GROVE Sport­ing may have to play be­hind closed doors if fans con­tinue to let off smoke bombs, they have been warned.

Smoke gre­nades were hurled al­legedly by fans of both sides at last Satur­day’s 3-1 FA Vase win at Wis­bech Town.

It has also been al­leged that Sport­ing keeper Reece Fran­cis left the pitch in tears at the in­ter­val, claim­ing he had been sub­jected to racial abuse by some­one in a group of home fans be­hind his goal.

The hosts sent a mes­sage over the tan­noy to re­mind all fans of the club’s stance against racism.

Broms­grove club chap­lain Rev Steve Levett said his son had been hit by a smoke grenade thrown by Wis­bech fans, while another nar­rowly missed the vis­i­tors’ team boss Paul Smith.

Wis­bech chair­man Paul Brench­ley per­son­ally ejected a mem­ber of the crowd from the ground for throw­ing a flare.

While Brench­ley con­demned any racist lan­guage, and promised an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the claim would be car­ried out, he said that the match of­fi­cials did not hear any be­ing used.

Brench­ley also said that he found no ev­i­dence to back up a com­plaint that coins were thrown at the Sport­ing goal­keeper.

There had also been claims that smoke bombs were let off in Broms­grove’s To­tal Mo­tion Premier Divi­sion game against ten­ants Worces­ter City on Box­ing Day.

Sport­ing chair­man Mike Burke said that sanc­tions that could be taken against his club could in­clude re­duced crowd sizes for cup games, or matches played be­hind closed doors.

Both club chair­men said that any­one caught in pos­ses­sion of smoke bombs would be per­ma­nently banned from their grounds.

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