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FORMER Celtic hitman John Hartson reckons it is high time the SPFL clamped down once and for all on the idiots throwing coins and singing sectarian songs.

In the latest episode Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd was hit with a coin thrown by a Celtic supporter.

The Rugby Park substitute was also berated with chants of "You're Just A Fat Orange B*****d".

Several Rugby Park seats were smashed and broken as the Hoops supporters celebrated a crucial 1-0 Premiership win over Kilmarnock.

Back in September assistant ref Calum Spence was smacked on the back of the head by a coin launched by a Rangers fan.

The following month ex-Hibs boss Neil Lennon was felled by a coin thrown by a Hearts supporter.

Nine days ago St Mirren fans shamed their club when they threw coins and spat at an unconscious Dundee United supporter during a Scottish Cup tie in Paisley.

Hartson fears a footballer will have to lose an eye before the authorities react accordingly.

He said: "We've seen it several times this season. We saw it at Hearts when Neil Lennon was hit by a coin. It's unacceptable. It's a shame there is a small minority who do these things because it is dangerous.

"A coin could take a player's eye out. Is that what it's going to take before we really stamp down on it? "I don't know what the authorities can do. In Scotland it (sectarian singing) is almost accepted.

"Some fans seem to think once they've paid their money to get in they can say what they want and they can just shout bile."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 19, 2019
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