Hibs fans 'think they are a law unto themselves' claims former Easter Road star

Kris Commons hits out at element of club's support after bottle incident

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 2:24 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 2:30 pm

Kris Commons reckons there's a section of the Hibs support that believes "they are a low unto themselves".

The pundit's claim comes after a vodka bottle was thrown at Rangers defender Borna Barisic during the match at Easter Road on Friday.

Writing in the Daily Mail, the former Celtic attacker - who spent a loan period at Hibs - believes supporter problems have escalated due to the Scottish FA being too lenient on the club in the wake of the 2016 Scottish Cup final.

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Rangers defender Borna Barisic confronts a Hibs fan during Friday's game. Picture: SNS
Rangers defender Borna Barisic confronts a Hibs fan during Friday's game. Picture: SNS

Hibs fans invaded the pitch at Hampden after the full-time whistle, with a couple of fans looking to attack Rangers players and others scrapping with rival supporters.

Commons insists the club weren't punished strongly enough and this has sent the wrong message to supporters.

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He wrote: "There's an element of the Hibs fanbase who seem to think that it's still May 21, 2016 - and I'm not talking purely in terms of nostalgia.

"They seem to think they are a law unto themselves and you have to wonder how much of it stems from the carnage which followed their Scottish Cup final win over Rangers.

"Or, more pertinently, how much of their antics over the past year or so have come from the authorities letting them off the hook that day at Hampden?

"In choosing not to throw the book at Hibs three years ago or hand them any sort of fine, the SFA set a terrible precedent.

"It's no wonder, then, that some fans of the Easter Road club seem to think they can do whatever they want without any repercussions.

"They'll get away with it because the country's governing body invariably turn a blind eye and don't want to know."

He continued: "Hibs are trying to tackle it with a new state-of-the-art CCTV system and they say they are doing all they can to identify the idiot who threw the glass bottle at Borna Barisic on Friday night.

"But what if they're unsuccessful? Where do they go from there? Leeann Dempster says the club have invested a six-figure sum in this technology.

"If it fails to serve its purpose, then it won't be long before politicians are making moves to try and hammer clubs with strict liability again."