Ex-Fifa official demands radical change as clubs told to copy Sunderland initiative
Keith Hackett has applauded Sunderland for prohibiting away fans from taking certain objects into the Stadium of Light.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Fifa and Premier League official said more should be done to tackle fan misbehaviour and even suggested “airport style security” at grounds.
In a club statement (31 October), the Black Cats announced that they have banned away fans from bringing coins and vapes into the Stadium of Light.
The Championship club have brought in the new measures following an increase in disorder this season.
All away supporters are now searched before entering the Stadium of Light and anyone found possessing these items will be asked to dispose of them.
The changes came into effect on Saturday (5 November) when Tony Mowbray’s side lost 1-0 to Cardiff City.
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When asked by Football Insider if Sunderland were taking the right course of action, Hackett said: “Credit to Sunderland for not allowing fans to take coins or objects they can throw at people into the ground.
“It sounds daft but it’s important. I think they should be applauded for attempting that.
“When you look at the amount of money in the game, these things can be avoided. They need to put an airport security style system at the grounds.”
Sunderland are currently 13th in the Championship.
Next up for them is a trip to Birmingham City on Friday (11 November).