SCOTTISH football fans have reacted with anger at 'draconian' proposals put forward by the UK government to impose further restrictions on supporters travelling on buses to away matches.

The UK Senior Traffic Commissioner launched a consulation in late August on the introduction of stricter guidelines on buses carrying fans to football games, rules that would bring Scotland in line with those already in place in England and Wales.

Concerned supporters reacted with a mixture of fury and befuddlement on social media at the proposed restrictions, which would mean buses would require prior permission from the police before stopping within 10 miles of a stadium, and that any stop at a licenced premises would not only have to first be cleared with authorities, but would require any alcohol served to be accompanied by a 'substantial meal'.

Furthermore, Dedicated Football Officers would be appointed, with bus companies required to inform the DFO of the number of fans expected to travel, the number of vehicles booked, as well as the name and the contact number for the person who made the booking no later than 48 hours before departure.

Buses would also not be allowed to stop at any unauthorised locations to pick up supporters without first informing the police, and would be required to arrive at a stadium 'no earlier than two hours before and no later than one hour before the scheduled start of the game'.

Gillian McKay MSP of the Scottish Greens said on social media: "Supporters and football clubs should be celebrated for the excellent work they do to enhance their communities.

"These proposed measures are unwarranted, unworkable and out of touch. They should be scrapped immediately!"