Stirling Albion last night issued a statement – backing up claims made by one of their fans in a fan forum and reported by us on Saturday night via twitter – that one of their fans was struck in the head by a coin thrown at them during the half time interval at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
In a statement issued via the official Stirling Albion website, Operations Director Stuart Brown said: “It is disappointing in the extreme that a headline arising from Saturday’s game versus Rangers should be in connection with one of our young fans being struck by a coin rather than the focus being about our battling performance that arguably came within a couple of inches of pulling off a remarkable draw.
“I have spoken this morning with the Head of Security at Rangers FC and I have been assured that he is fully aware of the incident that took place, during the half time interval, having been advised by the Police.
“A full investigation is being undertaken, including a review of the CCTV footage.”
According to Brown, the Police are treating this as a criminal offence and if or when those responsible are identified, then action will be taken.
Brown added: “Rangers have also given me the assurance that anyone found guilty of such an offence will be banned for life from attending matches at Ibrox. I will communicate further on this matter when the outcome of the investigation is known.”
Stirling Albion have been in contact with the young supporter, according to Brown, and offered their apologies on behalf of the club.
Brown continued: “I’ve been in contact with the young fan and his father to update them on developments as described above and to offer my apologies on behalf of SAFC that he should be subjected to such a vile act, perpetrated by a mindless idiot for whom I hold nothing but contempt. As ever in football, it is disappointing that a small minority let down the great majority.”