Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

19 arrested over Ramsdens Cup final disorder in Edinburgh

Nineteen men from across Scotland have been arrested and charged following football-related disorder during the Ramsdens Cup Final.

Before the match between Rangers and Raith Rovers at Easter Road Stadium on Sunday 6 April, there was a large disturbance in the Grassmarket.

The men were detained in Glasgow, Renfrew, Edinburgh and Grangemouth, Kirkcaldy and Dumfries.

They have all been charged with a breach of the peace.

All of the men will appear in court at a later date.

Police said they are continuing to follow a positive line of inquiry in relation to others connected with the disturbance.

Ch Insp Alun Williams, of Police Scotland, said: "The Ramsdens Cup Final was a great day out for both sets of fans and the behaviour of the vast majority in attendance was exemplary.

"However, a small minority became involved in disorder within the Grassmarket, causing fear and alarm to other members of the public.

"These actions were totally unacceptable and as a result of joint enforcement activity undertaken by officers from across Police Scotland, several arrests have now been made, with more likely in the coming days.

"We will seek Football Banning Orders in each case, and wish to send a clear message that disorder of any form will not be tolerated and anyone found to be responsible for offences of this nature will be robustly dealt with".

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