Government to pile pressure on clubs to stop ‘disgraceful’ fan attacks before a ‘tragedy’ occurs

Government to pile pressure on clubs to stop 'disgraceful' fan attacks before a 'tragedy' occurs

Taylor demanded action before a “tragedy” occurs. “This issue now needs a multi faceted approach involving all relevant bodies as was the case in the 80s,” he told Telegraph Sport. He added that “fines, ground closures, games behind closed doors and points deductions” should all be looked at “on their merits”.

Davies, who met with the Premier League, EFL, FA and police three weeks ago, also called for “strong action”, adding: “The incidents that happened over the weekend were a disgrace. It is right that they are investigated immediately and strong action is taken by the football authorities and clubs. Protecting players’ safety is of paramount importance and every possible step must be taken to ensure that they are not put at risk.”

The FA is still weighing up various measures, but is understood to oppose options such as forcing teams to play behind closed doors. Instead officials hope that role models like the England manager can help persuade fans to behave. There is deep concern at FA headquarters about the prospect of fan violence and bad behaviour at the Nations League Finals in Portugal this summer, when England face Holland and either Portugal or Switzerland and then at the Euro 2020 finals next year when a number of matches will be held at Wembley.

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