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Hibernian reduce away allocation due to ‘abhorrent behaviour and chanting’

Hibernian released a statement on Monday confirming that they will be reducing the away allocation at Easter Road away fans due to continued misbehaviour.

Reducing the allocation ‘on an incremental basis’ – Hibernian warn fans about behaviour

The allocation handed out to the Glasgow clubs and Hearts is 3,500. It is unclear how much this number will be reduced by.

Record Sport reported that the club “are working on the basis of reducing on an incremental basis.” If sectarian chanting and the use of pyrotechnics and missiles continues then Hibernian will look to cut the allocation number drastically.

Hibernian release strongly worded statement

Hibernian have already handed out bans to fans culpable of the offences outlined above. In an attempt to crack down on the issue, Hibernian released a statement outlining their intentions to work with the Scottish Football Association to introduce tougher legislation on fan misbehaviour. This includes strict liability, meaning clubs can be heavily sanctioned as a result of fan misbehaviour.

The club statement released by Hibernian on Monday said: “Over recent years supporters’ unacceptable conduct has become rife in Scotland whether that be through the use of pyrotechnics, sectarianism, objects being thrown onto the field of play or through other actions. This is simply not good enough.

“Understanding that the behaviour of certain sections of Hibernian FC’s own support has not been good enough at times this season, the club has been taking the strongest possible action against those who behave in an unacceptable manner, working with Police Scotland and colleagues at other clubs.

“Hibernian FC now implores other clubs to act in a similar fashion and the governing bodies to take serious consideration into the issues to ensure Scottish football is safe and welcoming for all.

“Following fan behaviour and chanting from opposing teams this season, the club’s board of directors will be reducing the away allocation at Easter Road moving forward, alongside taking further actions.

“Football is a sport for all, and stadiums should be a place where families and friends can come together to support their team.

“Hibernian FC prides itself on being a club for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, colour, gender, religion, creed, and sexual orientation. Everyone should be able to feel safe and comfortable attending a football match.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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