Three Chelsea fans got themselves in some legal trouble at Swansea last week, bringing smoke bombs into the stadium despite it being a violation of the law. The club has released statements in the past condemning that sort of behavior, and backed those statements up with some heavy punishments this morning.
While part of their punishment included being banned from football games everywhere for anywhere for 3-6 years, Chelsea have added an additional punishment for all three. None of the offenders will be allowed inside of Stamford Bridge for 10 years, and the club had the following to say on the matter:
'Chelsea Football Club has received confirmation that two of the three Chelsea supporters arrested in possession of smoke bombs at the Capital One Cup match at Swansea last week have been sentenced to 28 days imprisonment.'
'They have also been banned from attending football games for six years, while a third supporter has been banned for three years. All three will be banned from Stamford Bridge for 10 years by the club.'
Many are calling the punishments "harsh", but I'd have actually been fine with seeing them increased. Bringing smoke bombs and flares into a crowded stadium and hurling flaming objects onto the field is just idiotic, and while the blue smoke may look "pretty", the risk to players, officials, and fans who aren't idiots is just something that needs to be avoided. Well done Chelsea, the way you've handled fans that make complete buffoons of themselves in the stands this season has been far better than your handling of the coaching situation.