Date: 10th March 2019 at 7:05pm
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Neil Doncaster has spoken out about the Hibs fan that confronted James Tavernier on Friday night.

The incident highlighted the worrying trend in threats to players from the same section of Easter Road that saw a bottle thrown at Scott Sinclair six days ago.

Yesterday PFA Scotland spoke out about their concerns over the growing trend threatening their members but there was no comment from Ian Maxwell of the SFA over the Sinclair incident which occurred in a Scottish Cup tie.

The rise in these type of incidents is a major concern with football coming under political pressure to get it’s act together.

“We utterly condemn the reprehensible behaviour shown by the individual who invaded the pitch ?on Friday night,” SPFL chief executive Doncaster told The Sun.

“We welcome the comments made by Leeann Dempster in tackling unacceptable conduct.

“We will of course review the specific circumstances of that event in conjunction with the match delegate and the police and take any appropriate steps.”

After the Sinclair incident Leeann Dempster issued a statement in midweek that the club CCTV system had been unable to identify the person that threw the bottle.

The danger of copy cat incidents escalated today when a Birmingham City fan ran on to the pitch against Aston Villa to punch Jack Grealish from behind before being bundled to the ground and arrested. At the Arsenal v Manchester United match a home fan made contact with a United player on the pitch as he ‘celebrated’ the second goal.

In 2017 a fan at Ibrox got on the pitch to confront Scott Brown during Celtic’s 5-1 victory, the SPFL made no comment on the incident with no punishment or sanctions applied.