Former Doncaster Rovers star calls for armed police at football matches after Jack Grealish attack

David Cotterill. Picture: Andrew Roe
David Cotterill. Picture: Andrew Roe

A former Doncaster Rovers star has said he wants to see armed police officers at football matches after Aston Villa star Jack Grealish was attacked during a game.

Former Rovers ace and ex-Wales international David Cotterill says armed officers should be drafted in in the wake of yesterday’s incident which saw Grealish struck in the face by a Birmingham City supporter.

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“It’s a disgrace; very dangerous for the players because the pitch invader could have had a weapon or anything really, we need to stamp down on this as soon as possible,” he told BBC Radio Wales.

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“The guy who ran on the pitch has gone there to cause havoc, not watch the football.

“We need more security. I am not condoning guns at games but if the police are going to be armed, I think that is the way forward.

“It needs to be top-end stuff, the players need protecting more than anything else.

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“Otherwise we are heading back to where we were years ago with giant fences… and that isn’t good for anyone who wants to enjoy the game.”