Ger­rard calls for life bans af­ter More­los is tar­geted

The Herald on Sunday - - SPORT - BY NEIL CAMERON

RANGERS man­ager Steven Ger­rard has called for life bans from foot­ball for sup­port­ers caught throw­ing any­thing f rom the stands af­ter Al­fredo More­los was struck by an ob­ject dur­ing his side’s win over St Mir­ren in Pais­ley.

The Colom­bian was cel­e­brat­ing his goal, which sealed a 2-0 win for the Ibrox side, when what ap­peared to be a coin con­nected with him. It had been thrown from a sec­tion of the home fans.

This came at the end of a dam­ag­ing week for Scot­tish foot­ball fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day night’s Ed­in­burgh derby when Hiber­nian man­ager Neil Len­non was hit by a coin, Hearts goal­keeper Zdenek Zla­mal was punched in the face and as­sis­tant ref­er­ees were the tar­gets of mis­siles thrown from the stands.

Ger­rard said: “At any sta­dium in the world, we don’t want to see things get­ting thrown on to the pitch. It’s not right to throw things from the crowd. It’s not ac­cept­able in any sport.

“Is it go­ing to have to take some­one’s eye to come out or some­one to be badly hurt from an ob­ject for us to make it stop?

“These peo­ple shouldn’t be at a foot­ball match. You just ban them for­ever. It’s that sim­ple. Then it will stop. If it gets ig­nored then it will go on and on.

“Al­fredo didn’t men­tion it. But he doesn’t. He gets on with it and just wants to play foot­ball. He’s been called up for Colom­bia and I think he’s been ex­cel­lent. He de­served his goal to­day. He’s been ex­cel­lent for us.”

Oran Kear­ney, the St Mir­ren man­ager, agreed with Ger­rard al­though he had not seen the in­ci­dent.

He said: “If that is the case then, ab­so­lutely, there’s no place for that in foot­ball. Any per­son who steps in­side a foot­ball ground should have an en­ti­tle­ment to their safety in that ground and the same when they walk out of it again. That’s the bare min­i­mum we can ask for.”

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