FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce has condemned the violence which marred some of last weekend's fixtures.
Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Wigan and Millwall was overshadowed by events in the stands during the game, while Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland saw post-match clashes between supporters and the police.
Boyce, who is also the president of the Irish Football Association, says that the incidents should be dealt with strongly in order to safeguard the future of the game.
"We have a social problem that a lot of politicians don't seem to be able to solve and it's very sad when it's brought into football," he told Sky Sports News.
"I thought we had got away from those days quite honestly, but it's very sad there are some people that want to try and spoil the enjoyment that millions of people get out of watching football and, like everyone else, I was saddened to see the events which happened this weekend.
"I think when you look now and you see the number of young children and the number of females who now attend football matches, even in the Northern Ireland situation, there are more and more families coming to games which people have got to encourage."
He added: "Yes it is damaging, but I sincerely hope that once again, it is a one-off incident.
"Let's hope we don't go back to the bad days we had in English football during the early-90s when really, the FA were on the verge of losing the European Championships which were held that year.
"No one wants to see that happen again and I don't know anyone in football who wants to see it happen again.
"Let's hope that these incidents will be dealt with and the people will be brought to justice in a very severe way."