Medical expert demands 'harshest possible punishment' after 'career-threatening' Rangers dramaa
The Rangers fans who threw bottles onto the pitch in last Sunday’s (3 April) Old Firm clash should be handed “lifetime bans”.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox to open up a six-point gap at the summit of the Scottish Premiership with just six games to go.
But the match was marred by broken glass being thrown into the Celtic penalty area and a Hoops physio being struck with a bottle.
A representative from Police Scotland confirmed that an enquiry into the incident is underway, as quoted by the Daily Record after the match.
Dinnery explained that it could have easily been “career-threatening” had a player come into contact with the shards of glass.
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“It’s a huge worry,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“We have seen instances in France this season of bottles being thrown from the crowd and striking players.
“You just hope and pray that nothing serious happens. It could quite easily have hit someone in the eye.
“The ramifications of broken glass on the pitch don’t bear thinking about this. The culprits need to be treated as though they have done it with intent.
“It might not be just superficial damage they cause. It could be serious, long-term, potentially even career-threatening.
“You have got to have zero-tolerance. These people should be dealt with the harshest penalties that can be imposed. If that’s a ban for life, so be it.”
Rangers are in action at Braga in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tonight (7 April).
Celtic are next in action against St Johnstone on Saturday (9 April).