Summit on Old Firm trouble

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond will host a summit in Edinburgh on Tuesday to discuss last week’s Old Firm Scottish Cup replay.

Wednesday’s match at Celtic Park saw Rangers trio Steven Whittaker, Madjid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf red carded, while there was an ugly spat between Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist and Celtic boss Neil Lennon after the final whistle.

Police and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) have been vocal critics of the clubs in the wake of the match, during which 34 people were arrested inside the stadium.

Strathclyde Police requested the summit to address the problems.

Police will attend, along with representatives from both clubs and the SFA, with a statement on any findings to be released later on Tuesday.

“There can be no doubt that the levels of drunken violence that have blighted our communities and the number of people who have been arrested due to their sectarian behaviour is simply unacceptable,” a police statement read.

“Something has to be done.”

 


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