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Scottish Cup final violence: Rangers players and staff assaulted on the pitch by Hibs fans, club confirm

21 May

Crowd trouble marred the end of the Scottish Cup final as Hibernian ended a 114-year wait to win the trophy.

Rangers players and staff were assaulted by Hibernian fans who invaded the pitch at the end of the William Hill Scottish Cup final, the Glasgow club have said.

A statement released by Rangers read: “Rangers Football Club is shocked at the disgraceful behaviour of Hibs fans at full time.

“Rangers players and staff were assaulted by these fans who invaded the pitch and in the interests of their safety could not return to the pitch for the medal presentation.

“There can be no place for the violent behaviour witnessed at the end of the Final and Rangers fully expect the Scottish Football Association and Police Scotland to launch an investigation to find out where security measures failed.

“The Club would like to commend Rangers fans for the restraint they showed under severe provocation.

Chief executive Stewart Regan said the Scottish Football Association was “appalled by the scenes of disorder and the contemptible behaviour” after the William Hill Scottish Cup final and that a full investigation, carried out along with Police Scotland, would begin.

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