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Police arrest more than 20 Rangers fans in the title celebrations

Sun 16 May 2021 | 7:45

The Light Blues ended their remarkable Scottish Premiership campaign without a defeat.

Rangers

won their last league match of the season with a 4-0 result against

Aberdeen

on Saturday. Before the match, thousands of Rangers fans descended onto the streets around the Ibrox stadium to celebrate the team’s first league title in a decade. Rangers had urged their fans to avoid breaking COVID-19 restrictions. However, Greater Glasgow Police took action after what they later called a

"rising level of disorder"

. According to Police Scotland’s statement, more than 20 people have been arrested and three officers have been injured during the celebrations.

Chief Superintendent

Mark Sutherland

, divisional commander for Greater Glasgow Division said:

"During the evening of Saturday, 15 May 2021, Rangers supporters continued to gather and celebrate the awarding of the league championship trophy in George Square.

"Throughout the day Police Scotland had managed the gathering appropriately tackling anti-social behaviour and encouraging dispersal under Scottish Government Coronavirus regulations.

"As celebrations continued sections of the crowd became increasingly disorderly, property was damaged and people were assaulted. Our officers became the focus of the crowd's attention with missiles and flares being thrown at them. Our policing response has been proportionate. We have responded appropriately and consistently to the behaviour of those gathered.

"This disgraceful behaviour which clearly endangered public and officer safety could not be tolerated and officers dressed in full public order equipment and, after appropriate warnings were given, moved in to disperse those present. Although most of those present dispersed, a number remained and confronted officers with violence and aggression. Missiles were thrown and officers came under direct attack as George Square and the surrounding area was cleared.

"I strongly condemn the behaviour of these supporters who have not only placed our officers at risk but have sought to damage the image and reputation of this great city, especially during this critical period of the pandemic.

"I would like to place on record my thanks to the police and partners who managed this incident, especially those officers who put themselves in danger to bring this violent and disorderly gathering to an end.

"So far we know that three officers have been injured and more than 20 people have been arrested.

"We will be continuing our enquiries and my message is clear that if you have been involved in these ugly scenes then you will be identified and arrested."

Steven Gerrard

’s side ended the season with a remarkable record of 102 points from their 38 matches.


source: SportMob