Fri­day night foot­ball on agenda

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

GRAMPIAN Po­lice chief su­per­in­ten­dent Adrian Wat­son claims he is open to the idea of Fri­day night foot­ball in Aberdeen. The time slot was said to have been un­ac­cept­able to the po­lice for years due to con­cerns over crowd safety and their re­sources be­ing stretched. It was re­ported a pilot study has been mooted, where some games in the Scot­tish Foot­ball League would be staged on Fri­day evenings. If a suc­cess, lower cat­e­gory matches in the top flight would then be trailed. Chief Supt Wat­son be­lieves the po­lice’s attitude to­wards stag­ing foot­ball on a Fri­day night is soft­en­ing. He said: “I have seen a thaw­ing of that and I’m one of those who be­lieves we need to start push­ing the bound­aries. “I do be­lieve there is a feel­ing within some of the forces in Scot­land that we need to look at it real­is­ti­cally. “That might not be to say we would in­vite Rangers up on a Fri­day night. We would re­ally have to work to­wards that. It is a ma­tur­ing process. “I only speak on be­half of Grampian Po­lice, but I don’t see us hav­ing a prob­lem with Aberdeen play­ing some of their lower cat­e­gory games on a Fri­day night. “We would look at the de­tails and see how the ex­pe­ri­ence went. If it worked out for us then we are ready to push the bound­aries.””

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