GLASGOW: A full investigation will be carried out into the violence that followed Hibernian’s historic Scottish Cup win after goalposts were destroyed, the Hampden pitch ripped up and Rangers received their losers medals in the dressing room.
The Easter Road side claimed a famous 3-2 victory thanks to a stoppage time winner to claim the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902.
Thousands of Hibs supporters flooded on to the pitch at full-time to celebrate and were followed by some Rangers fans.
A number of pitch battles between rival fans then broke out and mounted police were deployed to keep supporters apart.
Police horses were last needed at the 1980 Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Rangers.
As Hibs fans returned to the stands, parts of the national stadium’s pitch were ripped up and goalposts broken.
The invasion significantly delayed the presentation of the trophy and there was no lap of honor by the Hibs players.
SFA Chief Executive Regan said he was appalled by the scenes of disorder and condemned the “contemptible behavior” of supporters.
“The damage that has been caused and the disruption to what has been a fantastic football match has taken the gloss off what should have been a memorable occasion for Hibernian,” Regan said.
“The Scottish FA, along with Police Scotland and the stadium management have initiated a full investigation into the scenes that unfolded to understand how such a volume of supporters were able to enter the field.”
Police Scotland said a dedicated investigation team was being set up to identify those involved in acts of disorder and violence.
Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald of Police Scotland added: “Officers, including the force’s mounted branch, responded and brought the matter under control as quickly as possible.
“We understand that feelings run high at these events and fans want to celebrate their team’s win, however the reckless behavior of fans entering the pitch is totally unacceptable and inexcusable.