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Euro 2016: Shaw isn't expecting a big penalty for firework

By Stuart McKinley

Published 15/06/2015

Under fire: a photographer was hit by a firework
Under fire: a photographer was hit by a firework

Irish FA President Jim Shaw is expecting the association to escape any severe sanctions from Uefa following a firework-throwing incident during Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania.

A steward received medical treatment after the incident, in which photographer Darren Kidd was also injured when the device struck him before exploding.

Uefa have come down hard on incidents involving fireworks in the past. Indeed, earlier this month the Polish FA was fined £18,000 after their fans set off fireworks during their Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin back in March.

Shaw believes that even if it is discovered that the firework came from Northern Ireland fans, there will be no serious sanctions.

"I am aware of the incident, but I'm not sure what part of the ground the firework came from," he said.

"I spoke to the Uefa delegate after the game as a matter of course and he said there were no problems. That's not to say that he wasn't aware of the firework.

"If he was aware of it then it will have to be reported, but for there to be a punishment he would have to be sure of what part of the stadium it came from.

"He will have sent his report online directly to the Uefa control and disciplinary body after the match.

"They will then go through it and if there is a charge to be made we would know about it within the week.

"If it was discovered to have come from the Romanian crowd then the charge would be on them.

"If there is a charge I wouldn't expect the punishment to be significant, especially for a first incident of this kind.

"We have a good record and it may even be a case of being given a warning rather than a fine.

"The only other incident we have had was when a linesman was hit by a coin thrown from the stand against Poland and that was six years ago.

"Overall, things went well. The stadium looked great and the atmosphere was very good."

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