Highlands & Islands

Inverness stadium bar may open to away fans

Inverness Caledonian Thistle players
Image caption Inverness Caley is seen as a club with no history of fan-based rivalry

Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC has sought permission to open its stadium bar to away fans during "quieter" matches.

The club's application to make the variation to its premise's licence will be considered by the Highland Licensing Board.

In a report to the board, its clerk said the club had an excellent record for ground safety.

The report suggested away fans could be risk assessed by the police.

At the moment, admittance to the sports bar at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium is restricted to holders of home season and home match day tickets.

The club has asked for a relaxation of the rules in order to allow away fans to use the bar during matches where the match safety officer and police deem the risk of trouble low.

In the report, the licensing board clerk said: "Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC have an excellent record of ground safety and no history of fan-based rivalry.

"However I have reservations, as whilst risk assessment is often accurate, it is not a defined art and during the course of a match many factors can emerge such as a controversial goal, a sending-off or a bad tackle which can be flash points between fans immediately after the contest in a tight environment with alcohol as a factor."