Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rangers hit out over Hampden trouble

Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30

Hibernian fans invade the pitch after the William Hill Scottish Cup Final, at Hampden Park. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA
Hibernian fans invade the pitch after the William Hill Scottish Cup Final, at Hampden Park. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA

Rangers have reiterated their calls for an investigation in the crowd trouble which marred Saturday's Scottish Cup final, after criticising Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie's attempts to downplay the violent scenes at Hampden.

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Several Rangers players were assaulted as thousands of Hibernian fans flooded on to the pitch following the Edinburgh club's dramatic 3-2 triumph.

Footage showed Lee Wallace being punched and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham attacked as the celebratory pitch invasion turned ugly.

Dozens of Rangers fans also came on to the pitch and fights broke out between rival supporters, while Hibs fans broke one of the goalposts and ripped up sections of the Hampden turf.

Petrie, who is the vice-president of the Scottish FA, put the scenes down to "over-exuberance" in the immediate aftermath, and described them as "unacceptable".

A club statement later confirmed Hibs would "co-operate fully into any inquiry into the pitch invasion which followed the club's historic 3-2 victory at Hampden Park".

However, that cut little ice with Rangers - who, in a scathing statement, demanded both the SFA and Police Scotland take swift action against those responsible.

It read: "Rangers finds it incomprehensible that no one, either from within the Scottish FA or Hibernian Football Club, has condemned Hibernian's supporters following the violent scenes when Rangers players and members of our backroom staff were physically and verbally assaulted.

"There must be a full independent investigation into the shameful scenes at Hampden."

Rangers players were handed their medals in the dressing room, while Hibs players had a long wait to lift the trophy after the pitch was cleared with the help of police on horses - with the lap of honour cancelled.

Irish Independent

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