Warrington have issued a statement ahead of their season-opening clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium, warning fans that the use of pyrotechnics, including flares and smoke bombs, will result in supporters being banned.

Several Super League clubs experienced related issues in 2019 and the Wolves have taken pro-active steps to help avoid further incidents this year.

In a statement, the club said: “There were a number of instances last season involving Warrington Wolves’ fans using the above banned articles at both The Halliwell Jones Stadium as well as numerous away grounds.

“The ramifications of which resulted in the club being issued with substantial  monetary sanctions.

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“The use of such banned articles goes against the spirit of Rugby League and may prove harmful to surrounding spectators while also being in clear breach of the sport’s operational rules.

“Starting at the DW Stadium this evening, we urge supporters to respect ground regulations at all times this season and consider the potential consequences of their actions to both themselves and the club.

“Any persons found in possession of or using such pyrotechnic articles will be ejected and subject to a banning order.

“We are aware that this applies to a small minority of fans and that the majority of our supporters uphold the values of the club and sport.”