Aston Villa midfielder Grealish was attacked from behind by a so called supporter during yesterday’s match against their bitter rivals Birmingham City, but was fortunately left unharmed.
The shocking flash-point is just the latest in a long string of incidents involving supporters abusing footballers, and some of the game’s biggest names have been left outraged.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has admitted he’d be prepared to haul his players off the pitch in the event of a similar attack, but Cotterill’s suggestions on how to deal with rogue fans are probably the most drastic.
Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, via JOE, Cotterill said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
Cotterill made over 100 appearances for Birmingham City over three and a half seasons before his contract was terminated by mutual consent in December 2017.
He last played for ATK United in the Indian Super League, making just three appearances, before retiring from football in October last year.
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