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As we have seen with European football’s governing body UEFA in recent years, there is a sliding scale of penalties.
The punishment could start with a specific section of a ground being closed for a period of time, up to forcing a club to play behind closed doors or even being docked points.
The difficulty for the FAs is they can only punish ‘participants in the game’ and they do not view fans as participants. How fans behave at grounds is the responsibility of the clubs, which is why the FAs would only punish a club if it was deemed to be negligent.
Some, including the Scottish National Party’s leader in Westminster Ian Blackford, believe this is a cop-out and would like clubs to be under strict liability for supporter behaviour. That is the only way, it is felt, that crowds will start to police themselves.
– Press Association
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