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Last Updated: Monday, 18 August, 2003, 14:39 GMT 15:39 UK
Clubs could face SFA action
Hibs were incensed by the sending off of Grant Brebner
Hibs were incensed by the sending off of Grant Brebner
Aberdeen and Hibs could be punished after separate incidents of crowd misbehaviour at the weekend.

Two men have been charged following the incidents at Pittodrie and Easter Road and there was also concern that a number of Hibs fans invaded the pitch at the end of their win over Hearts on Sunday.

While the individuals involved will be dealt with by the courts, the two clubs could find themselves being penalised by the football authorities.

Drew Herbertson, head of the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary affairs, said they would wait for the referees' reports before deciding if any action should be taken.

The next meeting of the disciplinary committee takes place on 19 September, where the clubs' fate will be decided.

"A copy of the report will be issued to the clubs for a response and that will go before the committee in due course," added Herbertson.

"At this moment, standard procedure will be followed in terms of a response being sought from the clubs and then it is open to the committee to deal with the clubs.

"Clubs have to be responsible for supporters and we do allow for sanctions to be taken against clubs.

"Clubs do a lot in terms of security at matches but we will just have to wait and see if it will be the case that sanctions will be taken."

SFA chief executive David Taylor insisted that, while the football authorities can do so much to punish people who misbehave at football matches, the law courts have to clamp down on such offenders.

"It is no use having people who go on to football pitches - and we've had several incidents at Hampden with streakers coming on - who then receive paltry fines," he said.

"The potential for serious harm can be occasioned by incidents like this and they should be treated severely by the courts."

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