The manager of a Scottish football team has said that he fears that the return of perimeter security fencing may be required at football stadiums.

Jim Jefferies, manager of Hearts, was speaking after Neil Lennon, the Celtic boss, was attacked on the touchline by one of the spectators.

In an interview with the BBC, Jefferies said that if things worsened, it may be a distinct possibility.

He added: "In countries where it has been a problem in the past that's what they tended to do. It's sad if it gets to that stage."

Jeffries was bringing attention the highly-charged games between clubs like Rangers and Celtic, where the divide between the two spills over into religious beliefs. For the safety of fans, players and staff alike, security fencing might be the only option.

The positive effect of erecting security fencing in highly competitive games with rivals was demonstrated in December 2010 at a football match between Lincoln and Grimsby Town. The fencing ensured that the two sets of fans were kept from coming together.

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