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Five more arrested after Stranraer match against Celtic

Flares were thrown during a match between Stranraer and Celtic Image copyright PA
Image caption Police have investigated the use of flares and smoke bombs during the match

Five football fans have been arrested in connection with anti-social behaviour during Celtic's Scottish Cup win over Stranraer.

It follows a police investigation into complaints of sectarian singing at the match at Stair Park on 10 January.

The probe also focused on flares, smoke bombs and fire crackers set off and thrown on to the pitch.

The five are due to appear at Stranraer Sheriff Court "in due course", police said.

A further four people were arrested for football-related and public order offences on the day of the match.

Match commander Supt Steven Lowther said the behaviour of a minority on match day was "unacceptable".

He said: "What was supposed to be an enjoyable event for all was tarnished by a group of individuals who were intent on singing sectarian songs as well as letting off smoke bombs and pyrotechnics within the crowd.

"It is evident that those involved had no concerns for either the safety of others or how their behaviour spoiled what should otherwise have been an event where the post-match discussion should have centred on football and not their antics."

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