Luton slam ‘Watford fan’ who let off yellow and red FLARE during the sides’ minute’s silence for Prince Philip ahead of kick-off as club reveal rival supporter’s ‘number plate has been passed onto authorities’
- Luton Town defeated 10-man Watford 1-0 on Saturday at Kenilworth Road
- At the start of the match a minute’s silence was held to honour Prince Philip
- Red and yellow flares were set off during the tribute, thrown into the ground
- Luton have blamed the incident on a Watford fan, and have reported it to police
Luton Town have slammed an alleged Watford fan who chucked flares into the Championship’s Kenilworth Road ground during the minute’s silence honouring Prince Philip.
As the Hornets and Hatters players stood arm-in-arm paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, who died last week aged 99, yellow and red smoke could be seen billowing across the pitch towards the teams.
The Bedfordshire club released a tweet saying: ‘To the Watford fan who didn’t realise the yellow and red flare thrown into the ground would turn orange.
A flare was set-off during during the minute’s silence for Prince Philip at Kenilworth Road
The smoke bomb was thrown into the ground from outside, according to the hosts Luton
Plumes of red and yellow smoke clouded the Watford and Luton players during the tribute
‘You car registration plate has been passed on to the authorities. Awful timing with the minute’s silence for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, taking place.’
The smoke bomb went off by the empty stands and beside the executive boxes, and no players were near the device.
The flares, which had indeed combined to resemble the colour of Luton’s home shirts, had to be cleared away by stewards before the fixtures could get underway – at 12pm rather than their usual 3pm, to avoid clashing with the Duke’s funeral.
Stewards were forced to clear-up the mess so the match could get started on Friday afternoon
The EFL declined to comment on the incident, while both clubs have been contacted by Sportsmail.
Once play did get underway Luton ran-out surprise winners, with the 13th placed Championship side beating the provisional runners-up 1-0.
James Collins scored from the spot to seal the points, with Kiko Femenia sent-off with two minutes to play.