Celtic are one of 14 Scottish clubs to have snubbed a survey by the BBC on strict liability.
The broadcaster put the question about whether clubs would be in favour of the move to all 42 senior clubs in the country. Interestingly, only three decided to vote in favour of it. Partick Thistle, Queen of the South, and Annan Athletic backed the idea.
A further 14 voted against it, whilst another 17 said they wouldn’t comment. Celtic, meanwhile, decided not to respond whatsoever.
Celtic are joined by Rangers, Falkirk, Dundee United, Hearts, Kilmarnock, Livingston, and Queen’s Park in not responding to the survey.
Sectarian chanting to the likes of Steve Clarke has also brought shame on the game up here.
For those unaware, the idea of strict liability is a simple one. It involves clubs being held responsible for their own fans’ actions, regardless of whether the clubs are to blame for it.
Not something many clubs will likely be a fan of
The idea itself is like marmite. It’s mainly an attractive option to those outside the inner circle of football. But for clubs themselves, it appears that many don’t want to be held accountable for random supporters’ actions.
That’s a totally understandable view. As is the possibility of supporters toning themselves down if they know it’s going to harm their club in terms of points, for example.
In my opinion, strict liability isn’t the answer. You can’t blame a football club for one or two supporters’ madness. If it’s found out that poor organisation in terms of policing and security was involved, then that’s a different story.
But if a fan decides to throw something onto a pitch, what can a club truly do about that? Stewards can’t take every single coin out of a supporter’s wallet. There’s also the real possibility of fans going to rivals’ matches and doing something that could cost them points or a hefty fine. It’s laughable that people would, but it’s a possibility.
Celtic were under no obligation to reply to the BBC. They’ll likely hold their verdict until it’s asked officially (if it ever will be). But it would hardly be surprising if we were in the non-strict liability camp too.