Should stewards have to keep order amongst excited supporters incited by player celebrations? Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens when a stadium barrier collapsed. Several supporters tumbled around 1.5 metres down to the side of the pitch. Reports suggest that a goal scorer ran towards the section of visiting fans, prompting a surge that caused the barrier to give way.
The same scene is witnessed on every match day in every stadium. Isn’t it time for coaching staff to help operations staff by briefing the players on crowd safety? When it comes to safety, everyone at a stadium is ‘in it together’.