Football policing review flags up safety concerns

A new report into police practice in Scottish football has identified safety concerns.

The findings suggest some clubs have been selling more tickets than they have capacity for and also raise concerns over alterations to safety certificates. 

It comes after a number of incidents of sectarian and violent abuse at games this season. 

In January Kingdom FM reported on how Raith Rovers were facing huge repair bills after fans through smoke bombs onto the pitch during a 3-0 victory over Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Cup. 

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts who wrote the report and has been visiting Tulliallan in Fife today. Speaking to Kingdom FM News, he said:

"When you look at any force in detail, there're always going to be issues that you identify that can be improved and we've got some of those particularly around supporter engagement, use of football banning orders, but on the whole it's a positive picture.

"It is not the Police who engage in sectarian chants, throw bottles or smash chairs and throw them at each other, Police try and prevent it happening and deal with the aftermath and the investigations and its that bit where we can say the Police Scotland has a really good set up in terms of managing it." 

Asked whether increased surveillance was a viable solution to this season's problems, Dep Ch Con Roberts said:

"It can cause alienation with supporters when they filmed they're just being filmed for no reason. 

"I think it's incumbent on the Police to explain why they're doing it, what the purpose is and equally to talk about the outcome so when there's a subsequent prosecution, it's made common knowledge." 

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