Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “Northern Ireland must not be allowed to become a hooligan’s paradise. Because Northern Ireland does not have football offences-style laws, similar to those which exist elsewhere in the UK, hooligans can come here and attend matches and nothing can be done about it.
“This is a total disgrace and this revelation should be sending shockwaves through the Assembly. The Executive have failed to apply pressure on the Secretary of State to create the necessary laws to tackle these thugs.
“Why is Northern Ireland left as the poor relation in the UK when it comes to spectator safety? Local supporters hate these thugs and want them stopped from going to matches and starting trouble.
“Police need these laws introduced so that they can ensure that the few thugs who want to wreck things for everyone else can be caught and excluded.
“Last September, the Assembly supported Alliance’s lead for such laws to be implemented here urgently. The public must be told why no progress has been made on this issue since then.”