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Security firm bosses say Scottish Cup Final was adequately stewarded

 
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Security firm G4S has said the Scottish Cup final at Hampden was "approp­ri­ately staffed" and one of its stewards was injured during the pitch invasion.

The Scottish Government has condemned the violent scenes following the Hibernian v Rangers cup final after the Ibrox side released a scathing statement criticising their opponents and the authorities.

A total of 11 fans have been arrested following Saturday's match as police continue their investigation into scenes that marred the fixture at Hampden Park.

The Scottish FA said it was "appalled" by the scenes and an investigation is under way with police and stadium management to establish how so many fans were able to get onto the turf.

Thousands of Hibs fans flooded on to the pitch at the national stadium to celebrate following their team's 3-2 win over Championship rivals Rangers.

A smaller number of fans of the Ibrox side also ran on to the pitch, with some supporters from both sides involved in violent clashes.

Mounted police officers were called in to restore order after what the SFA described as "contemptible behaviour" from some supporters following the final whistle.

Rangers said players and staff were assaulted by Hibs supporters and the Glasgow side did not return to the pitch to be presented with their runners-up medals.

The Glasgow club released a statement on Sunday evening calling for a full inves­tiga­tion, hitting out at the SFA, Hibernian, the BBC, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the security procedures at the stadium.

A spokesman for security firm G4S said one of the firms stewards was injured during the clashes and insisted the match was "properly staffed".

The spokesman told STV News: "One member of staff was injured, sustaining bruising. From our perspective, we were staffed properly and feel there was an appropriate police presence for the occasion."

Managing director for G4S events, Eric Alexander, added: "We've been stewarding the cup final for more than twenty years, and it's clear that in this case the behaviour of some members of the crowd was unacceptable.

"We're working with all relevant authorities to assist the ongoing inves­tiga­tions."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Violence has absolutely no place in football, either on or off the pitch.

"The First Minister condemns unreservedly any act of violence or disorder by anyone who attended the cup final. It is for the police to take action against anyone suspected of having committed an offence.

"The Scottish FA, Hampden stadium management and Police Scotland are carrying out full reviews of the wider circum­stances, to ensure all lessons are learned.

"The Scottish Government is liaising closely with these organisations and the First Minister will be kept fully informed."

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