HAWICK Royal Albert are at the centre of a coin-throwing probe following last Friday night’s explosive Image Printers Cup tie at home to local rivals Gala Fairydean Rovers.
The incident, which saw a Fairydean committee man being hit by a coin while sitting in the Albert Park stand, has been reported to the East of Scotland Football Association.
Royal Albert have condemned the actions of the perpetrator, and pledged to take a tough line to counteract this type of behaviour towards visiting team officials.
Club secretary Dougie Purves said: “Hawick Royal Albert have apologised to Gala Fairydean Rovers for what happened.
“The situation has been dealt with, as Hawick Royal Albert will not tolerate behaviour like this.”
Meanwhile, Hawick Royal Albert boss Graeme Chadwick has admitted that there is “work to be done” to improve his side’s disciplinary record following last Friday’s cup clash, in which Royalists had two players sent off, while Chadwick himself was sent to the stand by the referee.
Speaking to the Hawick News, he said: “Our discipline has improved vastly from last season, and this is due to us emphasising the importance of it.
“There is, however, still work to be done on discipline, and we’ll continue to work towards improving it further.
“We feel we have been slightly unlucky with a few bookings and red cards this season, and I’m sure that anyone watching our games would agree on this.”
Royalists are back on East of Scotland First Division duty tomorrow when playing host to high-flying Hibernian EOS at Albert Park.
Having their first season in the league, the Edinburgh outfit have been making a big impact and are top of the table at the moment.