After throwing a lighter at James Tavernier a football fan has been banned from Fir Park.
Strangely he was wearing a red, white and blue tammy! How he managed that for more than half an hour seems unlikely but it seems that, unlike Hibs, Motherwell had an adequate CCTV system.
Motherwell fan who threw the lighter at Tav thought he’d get away with it by wearing a Rangers hat ???? he’s now been caught and banned. Moron pic.twitter.com/v5DZsnBJfi
— Durko92 (@durko92) April 9, 2019
So the motherwell fan was wearing a Rangers hat. Coward
— Craig D (@BlueBlood1872) April 9, 2019
Lighter thrower a Motherwell fan wearing a Rangers hat??
— STEVIE URQUHART (@STEPHENURQUHAR1) April 9, 2019
Banning fans from football grounds is a difficult task, it wouldn’t take a master of disguise to roll up at Fir Park for the next home match and pay for entry into one of thousands of spare seats.
By taking action as a club Motherwell have shown what is possible but there seems a real possibility of direct legislation coming in from the government since there appears to be no willingness on the part of football authorities to deal with a growing issue.
In April 2017 barely a word was mentioned about fan reaction to Celtic’s 5-1 win at Ibrox which saw one home supporter confront Scott Brown, racist gestures made an Scott Sinclair and missiles including a large sized battery thrown at Celtic players.
Had the SPFL and SFA taken action at that stage much of the current problems may have been avoided.