19 arrests at Celtic vs Rangers
Event Commander at yesterdays powderkeg semi-final Chief Superintendent Andy Bates announced today that there were less than 20 arrests in and around Hampden, in a relatively trouble free day.
The majority of the arrested parties found themselves being held on alleged Sectarian Breach of the Peace charges, there were also fixed penalty notices issued as well.
Chief Superintendent Andy Bates said “As usual the vast majority of the 50,000 fans were here to enjoy the game and support their respective team; they deserve credit for their excellent behaviour. However, again, it is the minority of fans who spoiled the occasion by, for example, setting off flares and singing sectarian songs.”
With an increased police presence and the intelligent use of social media to help travelling fans arrive safely at co-ordinated train stations and bus stops, the chance of rival fans confronting each other was diminished.
Before the match, the atmosphere around Hampden was electric as Scottish football’s two great rivals faced each other for the first time in three years, with a place in the League Cup final at stake.
Celtic will face Dundee Utd after they ran out comfortable winners in a considerably incident free semi-final.
With broadcasters outside of the UK eager to screen the match, the SPFL estimated that there could have been a worldwide audience of 125 million viewers, countries such as Australia, Asia, USA and countries throughout Europe snapped up television rights.
Chief Superintendent Andy Bates said in a breakdown of the arrests, “11 men will appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Feb 2nd, five have been reported to Procurator Fiscal and 3 were issued with fixed penalty notices.”