Hutton lambasts 'dangerous' Celtic fans after BBC update
Alan Hutton has suggested fans should “police themselves” over the use of flares after an incident at Celtic park during the 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers right-back said it is difficult for security at football grounds to stop people taking flares in.
As reported by the BBC (8 September), the police are investigating after a nine-year-old fan was injured by a flare as the Hoops took on Real Madrid last Tuesday (6 September).
The incident is said to have taken place next to the Green Brigade section of Parkhead where a pyrotechnic display was set off ahead of kick off.
On 15 June, the Scottish Sun reported that there has been a “stark” increase in injuries from pyrotechnics in Scotland in the last year.
Hutton suggested fans should do more to stop one another from using flares.
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“It’s a difficult one,” he told Football Insider.
“Obviously they [security] do their checks before you go into the ground but these things seem to slip by. I don’t think it’s very difficult to get them in unless they’re doing a full body search.
“It’s obviously difficult for the security that is at the stadium. I think, for fans in general, to see this and read about this, that should be enough to tell them that it’s dangerous. You know how packed in you are at a football stadium so to let off a flare, the chances are high that you’re going to injure somebody.
“You have to take it on yourself to know and be responsible enough to think this could injure people around about you and know not to do it. That would be the best thing, if people round about, other supporters could police themselves would possibly help in this type of matter.”