‘Players aren’t safe’: Is British football returning to dark days of hooliganism?

(CNN)With three flashpoints in as many days, Britain’s football authorities are facing questions as to whether they are doing enough over the issue of player safety and their approach to hooliganism “Commenting would only add to the attention he craved,” said Smalling on Twitter. But it’s not just English football that’s had to deal with hooliganism in recent days. On Friday in Scotland, Rangers’ player James Tavernier was confronted by a fan during the match against Hibernian. READ: Chaos reigns at Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibernian ‘A serious problem’ All three men involved in the recent attacks have been arrested. Paul Mitchell, the Birmingham supporter who punched Grealish, pleaded guilty to common assault and pitch invasion at Birmingham Magistrates …