SFA sets up cup disorder commission

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An independent investigation will be held into disorder at the Scottish Cup final, the Scottish Football Association has confirmed.

It said a commission would review operational matters relating to the Rangers V Hibernian game on Saturday.

There were violent clashes at Hampden Park when thousands of fans spilled onto the pitch at the end of the game.

Hibs said they would co-operate with the inquiry, adding they were “sorry” for the pitch invasion by their fans.

Rangers said their players and backroom staff were injured in scuffles following their 3-2 defeat to Hibernian.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Glasgow side criticised the response of the the SFA, Hibernian, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the BBC to the incident.

Stewart Regan, the Scottish FA chief executive, said the commission’s findings are to be published in full.

He also urged calm while the commission carried out its work.

His statement read: “I would urge all parties involved in the ongoing situation to demonstrate calmness, clarity of thought and responsibility as we proceed towards a satisfactory conclusion.”

Sharing information with police

The commission will look at “process and protocols” undertaken in the staging of the match.

The football chief added: “I have also instructed the compilation of a comprehensive report from all our internal group functions at Hampden Park to establish a full picture of the events of the weekend.

“The contents of this report will be made available to the commission.

“I am keen that the Scottish FA is proactive in the investigations with the police authorities and the independent commission.”

He also confirmed that the organisation’s football compliance officer had also begun investigating potential rule breaches “from a football regulatory perspective”.

And Mr Regan said that, as the cup final was the subject of a criminal investigation, any information gleaned by the Scottish FA would be shared with Police Scotland.

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