Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Act to Beat Bottle-Throwers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spurs Act to Beat Bottle-Throwers

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TOTTENHAM today announced a range of tough new measures against fans who throw missiles.

They are the first club to introduce a hard line policy to deal with the growing threat of players and match officials being pelted.

Tottenham are: Banning the sale of beer in bottles Doubling the number of CCTV cameras at White Hart Lane.

Increasing the number of stewards.

Asking fans to identify missile throwing offenders immediately.

Slapping life bans on fans caught hurling missiles.

The moves, which will be welcomed by the Football Association, have been taken as a direct response to last week's incidents at Chelsea during the first leg of the Worthington Cup semi-final.

They will come into force for next Wednesday's return leg and will remain in place for the rest of the season.

At Stamford Bridge, both sets of supporters lobbed missiles at players during the game. There were also objects thrown at White Hart Lane when Sol Campbell returned there with Arsenal and Gus Poyet was spotted removing a bottle thrown on to the pitch during Tottenham's 3-2 Premiership victory over Bolton.

There were a number of objects thrown at Cardiff in the FA Cup match against Leeds and there have also been one incident at Millwall and two at Fulham.

Only yesterday Standard Sport revealed that Fulham's Louis Saha was pelted by coins thrown by Wycombe fans.

The Tottenham initiative was announced by non-executive vicechairman David Buchler, who said: "We have decided that we will no longer be selling beer in plastic bottles inside the ground.

It will only be served in plastic cups. Stewarding will be increased by a third and more cameras will be fixed all around the ground to monitor the behaviour of the fans.

"Any fan carrying out an improper act, such as throwing missiles, will be identified by CCTV, ejected and banned for life from White Hart Lane.

"We are also asking our fans to inform stewards immediately they see anyone throwing missiles. This type of behaviour is

simply not what we want at this club. We are taking a proactive stance at Tottenham because these so-called fans bring the club's good reputation into disrepute and we don't want them. …

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