Club wants talks on Cup Final findings

Rangers claim ‘inaccuracies’ in pitch invasion report

Rangers Hibs pitch invasionRangers have claimed “factual inaccuracies and contradictions” in a report into the pitch invasion which followed the Scottish Cup final.

The Ibrox club has called for talks with the Scottish Football Association and the author of the 52-page report.

Edward Bowen, a Sheriff Principal from Lothian and Borders, has made a number of recommendations following the violence on the pitch after Hibernian’s late winner prompted fans from both teams to clash on the Hampden pitch. Rangers players were allegedly assaulted.

Mr Bowen said he was satisfied both clubs and the SFA took reasonable precautions to minimise the possibility of a pitch invasion.

Among his recommendations was a call for a reserve of police ready to deal with possible pitch invasions in high profile matches. This would allow for rapid deployment across the halfway line to provide “a raised level of protection”.

But Rangers remain unsatisfied by the findings. In a statement issued ahead of today’s opening match against Hamilton in the SPL, the club said: “At present we wish to do nothing that might detract from the team’s first match back in Scottish football’s top flight.

“We can state, however, that we will be seeking an urgent meeting with the author of the report, Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen, the Scottish FA’s chief executive Stewart Regan and his compliance officer, Tony McGlennan.

“It is imperative that we gain insight into the underlying basis for the findings in the report given that we consider it contains a number of factual inaccuracies and contradictions.

“It is right that the club gives the author and requisitioner of the report the opportunity to comment on our concerns prior to making a conclusive statement.”

There have been a number of arrests.

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