Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer has pleaded with fans to stop throwing things onto the pitch after a number of controversial incidents in recent weeks, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Hoops supporters thew coins at Kilmarnock forward Kris Boyd and Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal in recent matches, while Hibernian fans shockingly threw a glass bottle at Celtic winger Scott Sinclair during last weekend’s Scottish Cup clash.
With other clubs not exempt from similar incidents, the issue has become a headline maker this season.
It’s something that needs to stop, and stop quickly, with some apparently intent on escalating the situation and putting players and other fans at risk of injury.
Kristoffer Ajer agrees, telling The Scottish Sun:
It’s important that we come to a point where you go out onto the pitch and feel safe. We need to get back to the time when you walked onto the pitch and didn’t expect something bad to happen.
I never go onto the pitch feeling scared, but this has happened too many times.
The bottle incident and coins being thrown, you can’t really accept that. Maybe some action would have been taken if it had hit Scott. But we can’t wait until a serious injury happens and then take action. It has to be taken now.
Someone throwing a bottle, that’s so far away from being acceptable as possible. It’s unforgivable. I think that’s the point that needs to be understood.
If this bottle hits Sinky on the head, it would have caused really, really severe injuries.
Scott was just happy it didn’t hit him and thankfully it didn’t.
Scottish football produces a fantastic atmosphere and is one of the main selling points of the league, but a mindless minority apparently seem intent on ensuring that the sport has a bad reputation in this country.
Politicians and authorities will likely grab any opportunity to exert control over supporters, so fans indulging in such behaviour only risk their fellow supporters being vilified and treated poorly.
Fans should heed the words of Ajer and simply stop throwing things onto the pitch. It’s not hard to control yourself to that degree, even if passions sometimes do run high.