Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is the latest figure to weigh in on the controversial events that occured at the weekend, as Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was hit by a Birmingham City pitch invader.
There were only a few minutes on the clock when a Birmingham supporter evaded stewards and police, and ran onto the pitch to strike Grealish from behind – the person has since been jailed for 14 weeks.
The Football Association as well as the EFL are set to investigate the situation further, with pundits such as Alan Shearer calling for the club to receive a points deduction, with others calling for future games to played behind closed doors.
There have even been calls for fences to return to stadiums which would segregate fans from players, but Canaries boss Farke has insisted that the problem lies with the individual rather than anything else.
He told the Eastern Daily Press: “One thing is for sure. It shouldn’t happen – football brings a lot of emotions and the supporters are passionate about their own team. Yes, there are moments when you are annoyed or frustrated and you don’t know how to handle this emotion.”
“The most important thing is the safety of everyone in a football stadium, not just the players or the coaches but the fans. I like so much that in England we have this atmosphere we don’t need fences or walls. This is exactly how it should be, Football is for the fans. You shouldn’t be in cages.”
“The behaviour has been outstanding in the last so many years. In many other countries, like Germany or Spain, you see supporters having to sit behind fences.”
The Norfolk club continue to lead the way in the Sky Bet Championship table, having won their last four league games ahead of a home clash with Hull City on Wednesday night.
Farke is absolutely spot on – there is no need for anything like cages and fences to be brought back into the game.
It’s one fan that has caused this problem, and the majority of supporters shouldn’t have to punished for one’s stupidity and carelessness.
It’s a shame that this news has stole the headlines over the last few days, as we really should be talking about Villa’s impressive win at Birmingham and Grealish’s majestic display, rather than him being hit by a fan.