Scottish clubs backed to copy Premier League after Celtic controversy - pundit
Alan Hutton has backed Celtic and other Scottish clubs to copy the Premier League by introducing bans for supporters who engage in anti-social behaviour.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers defender said “enough is enough” and clubs should be willing to issues bans in an attempt to discourage the behaviour.
On 21 September, the Premier League confirmed that the clubs have agreed to minimum length bans for fans who take part in anti-social and criminal behaviour at stadiums.
The English top flight said fans caught carrying or activating pyrotechnics or smoke bombs, or entering the pitch without permission, will receive an automatic club ban for a minimum of one year.
As reported by The Sun (27 September), Celtic are set to assess crowd security in the Green Brigade section of Parkhead after a young boy was burned by a flare.
The nine-year-old was injured after a pyrotechnic was thrown before kick off in the Hoops’ Champions League opener against Real Madrid on 8 September.
Click below for exclusive transfer news
When asked if Scottish clubs should take the same steps as the Premier League, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think they should and I think they will.
“It has been a problem in stadiums, especially down south with things getting thrown and flares and you need to cut it out. There comes a stage where you need to say enough is enough we need to ban supporters.
“At the end of the day that’s the club that that person loves, it’s probably the harshest penalty you can give somebody. So you have to reflect on what they’ve [Premier League] done and see how it works.
“You just want to go and enjoy it, there’s families now that go to the football, there’s kids going, all sorts of different people so you want to feel safe when you’re in those environments so they have to do something.“