Hibs pass on CCTV tapes to police in hunt for bottle thrower

Hibs have confirmed they have passed on CCTV material to police investigating a bottle throwing incident during their game with Rangers.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 5:17 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 5:33 pm
Rangers left back  Borna Barisic writhes in agony as Martin Boyle leans down to pick up a bottle thrown on to the pitch
Rangers left back Borna Barisic writhes in agony as Martin Boyle leans down to pick up a bottle thrown on to the pitch

An initial review is said to have identified four men throwing missiles, including a glass bottle.

Gers left-back Borna Barisic narrowly escaped serious injury during his side's Friday night's win when a glass bottle was hurled at him from the Easter Road stands.

In a statement issued on Monday the club said: "Hibernian FC today confirmed that it is today passing over CCTV material to Police Scotland investigating several incidents of missiles being thrown at the Hibernian v Rangers match at Easter Road on December 20.

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"An initial review of the footage has identified four men involved in throwing missiles, including a glass bottle."

A spokesperson said: “We will continue to review the footage, and we expect to identify any others involved. Fans must understand that throwing missiles is dangerous for the players and for fellow fans, and it and blackens the good name of the Club.

"All supporters identified as taking part in any unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with by the Club and by the legal process. We invested in enhanced CCTV cameras to tackle precisely this kind of behaviour, and those who misbehave should know we will leave no stone unturned to identify them and bring them to book.”

Earlier, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard had called for prompt action.

Gerrard said: "Only action from the clubs will help or stop it in the long run.

"We can't just talk about it in the media. There's got to be serious actions taken. The individuals need to be identified because I do believe it's a minority."

Gerrard added: "They need to be punished and punished heavily so it stops other people trying to do it in the future.

"It's a crazy decision to throw a bottle onto a football pitch. The damage you could do is unthinkable.

"If the punishment isn't severe enough then people will continue to make bad decisions from the terraces.

"There needs to be an example set - a severe one - and then that will make people think and things will improve. But it does seem like we're going backwards rather than forwards."