Police officers assaulted as Rangers fans celebrate

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Police have made 28 arrests and seven people were issued with fixed penalty notices as officers assaulted during Rangers title gathering in Glasgow on Sunday.

Fans took to the streets after the game and let off flares while others chanted and waved flags at Ibrox Stadium and George Square.

Offences included assaulting police officers, sectarian-related breaches of the peace, breaking COVID-19 rules, and pyrotechnic use.

Scotland’s deputy first minister John Swinney has blamed Rangers for a “lack of leadership” following the incident.

Mr Swinney described the situation as “an absolute disgrace” and undermined recent progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Rangers had been reminded of the need for fans to adhere to the restrictions by the Scottish Government and Police Scotland during meetings on 26 February and 5 March,” he added.

“It is a matter of profound regret that that did not happen.”

Rangers also issued a statement on Monday, in which the club stated that: “We had proactively engaged with the local MP, the justice minister, the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the SPFL in a bid to maintain a cohesive message regarding public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We understand the jubilance of our support across the world who recognise this has been a historic year for the club.

“Nevertheless, it has been of great frustration for all football fans across the world that they have not been able to watch their team within stadiums, especially for the loyal Rangers season-ticket holders who have stood by this football club through thick and thin in the last decade.

“We reiterate the message from our manager, Steven Gerrard, who highlighted that fans should adhere to government guidelines – stay safe, socially distance and look after each other in this difficult time.”

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By FARPost Reporter

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