Why Is Crowd Control Still an Issue in the Modern Game?

23/10/2013 11:33 BST | Updated 22/12/2013 10:12 GMT

After a linesman was deliberately hit with a flare during a recent Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, many feel that not enough is being done to combat such incidents during games.

While two men were arrested following the incident, it still highlighted how there is a need for a greater deterrent against potential offenders.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was on the receiving end of crowd violence after being struck by a coin during a game last season. The 34-year old was cut above the eye and was bleeding down his face as a result. However, the guilty men in question were not punished further for the incident. Why? We'll never know....

There have been many more violent incidents during football matches and it's likely to continue in the future, but why after so long has no action been taken in order to prevent it?

Stewards have been appointed to stop supporters running onto the pitch, but they are a minority and they generally fail to stop the fans from invading, so their role is rendered useless.

While sections of the ground can be banned from entry to a game if racist chants are heard from the crowd, should acts of violence warrant the same punishment?

In the modern day, why aren't people being searched for flares or any other weapons that could be potentially hurled at a player? Fans should be expected to arrive earlier and quickly checked as they go through their turnstiles to make the match experience safer for all.

What other measures should be undertaken to prevent negative crowd incidents from further tarnishing the modern game?

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