DON’T EX­PECT STE­WARDS TO PUT THEIR LIFE ON LINE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FAN­TAS­TIC to see Pre­ston beat lo­cal ri­vals Black­pool – they’ve had some tough years at Deep­dale but I re­ally sense the ex­cite­ment is back.

It’s just a shame the sup­port­ers got so car­ried away. I agree to­tally with what Paul Ince said – when you’ve got a lo­cal derby and a his­tory of an­i­mos­ity, you must have enough ste­wards to at least cor­don one end off.

Even then, I re­mem­ber man­ag­ing Leeds against Sh­effield Wed­nes­day when one of our fans came on and hit Chris Kirk­land.

You couldn’t have had many more ste­wards that night but the truth is, it’s very hard to stop some­body who wants to get on the pitch.

It’s very dif­fi­cult for ste­wards. A lot of them are women, kids and older men.You can’t ex­pect them to con­front a fully-grown man who is run­ning to­wards them. They get paid very lit­tle so why should they put their life on the line?

Let’s hope it was just an iso­lated in­ci­dent be­cause the al­ter­na­tives don’t bear think­ing about – no­body ever wants to see fences back in our game. For me, there’s just got to be stiffer pun­ish­ments for peo­ple who are caught.

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