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Arrests over alleged hate crime at Dunfermline match

Dunfermline Athletic Football Club East End Park
Image caption The football club has said it will 'name and shame' anyone convicted of offences at its ground

Two men have been arrested in connection with football-related hate crime at a match between Dunfermline and Hearts in Fife at the weekend.

Fife police said the arrests took place at East End Park on Saturday.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in relation to a racially aggravated breach of the peace in the north west stand full of Dunfermline supporters.

A 19-year-old was arrested in relation to a religiously prejudiced breach of the peace in a stand with Hearts fans.

Both men are due to appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court later.

'Clear message'

The arrests were made as the result of an intelligence-led anti-racism operation, which has been running at East End Park for the last few Dunfermline home games.

Plain-clothed police officers have been in the crowd to apprehend anyone acting in a racially motivated way.

Sgt Andy Smith, of Fife Constabulary, said: "Fife Constabulary will continue in its commitment to deliver a clear message to those who continue to shout hate-filled comments during football matches.

"These arrests should act as a further warning to supporters attending East End Park who are intent on conducting themselves in a racially or religiously prejudiced manner."

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