Celtic and Rangers have jointly produced a plan to help reduce trouble surrounding Glasgow derby games. The clubs were present at a summit in Edinburgh where they outlined the steps that they were taking following the recent controversial match at Celtic Park in the Scottish Cup.
At the summit, where chief executives from both clubs met with First Minister Alex Salmond, representatives from the police and from the Scottish football authorities, agreement was reached on a way forward and explained by those who attended the meeting.
The discussion points at the summit went beyond what happens on the pitch to take in social and criminal problems surrounding the fixture. Both clubs affirmed their commitment to help deal with those problems as well as taking steps to maintain standards of behaviour for their employees.
The two clubs recommended:
- The creation of a stand-alone pan-Scotland police football intelligence unit as part of the ongoing review of police forces in Scotland.
- Greater enforcement of existing legislation to deal with sectarianism and drink related offences.
- The establishment of a task force comprising senior police officers, government representatives and club security personnel to deliver more consistency in policing of football matches across Scotland.
- A detailed academic study into the extent of the linkage of football to violent crime committed domestically and in the community.
- Celtic and Rangers will commit to playing an enhanced role in a partnership approach to encourage responsible drinking.
- A re-enforced code of conduct for players and officials.
Various researches have claimed that violence increases when the Old Firm play and they found these stats:
It said there was a 172% rise in violent offences when a match is played on a Saturday, compared to an average Saturday where there is no fixture.
This falls to a 65% rise in violent crimes committed when the Old Firm have a weekday game.
A statement from the force added: "Looking at domestic violence, the Saturday effect is a 138.8% rise in offences. For Sunday it is a 96.6% rise, and for weekday evenings the rise is 56.8%."
Obviously as an outsider I cannot vouch for these stats legit these stats are but I don't think anyone can deny there will be a reasonable increase.