Rangers supporters’ group launch bid to fund fans legal fees

A policeman looks on as fans clash on the Hampden Park turf. Picture: Getty
A policeman looks on as fans clash on the Hampden Park turf. Picture: Getty
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A Rangers supporters’ group have began a crowdfunding campaign to pay legal fees of fans arrested following scenes of violence at Hampden Park on Saturday.

After the full-time whistle in the Scottish Cup final, which Hibs won 3-2, things turned ugly as jubilant Hibs fans poured on to the park to celebrate their side’s victory.

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While the majority were there to celebrate their club ending 114 years without a Scottish Cup triumph, members of the Edinburgh club’s support attacked Rangers players.

Rangers fans soon spilled on to the park also and there were pockets of fighting between both sets of supporters before police stepped in.

Rangers released a statement hailing the “restraint” shown by their supporters, while a second club statement insisted they had been provoked into coming on to the pitch by the Hibs supporters and the attacks on Rangers players.

Arrests have already been made while Police Scotland continues to investigate the post-match disorder.

Fans group Vanguard Bears are now looking to raise £1872 for those arrested or fined over their part in the disorder.

A statement on the crowdfunding page read: “We fully believe every Rangers fan who defended their club’s players and supporters from attack by screaming, hate-filled hordes at Hampden Park on Saturday, deserve our backing and full support. With this in mind, we are asking for donations, big or small to help our fellow Bears in their time of need.

“No football club or support wishes to see fans fighting on the field of play or terraces, but on this occasion, we feel the Rangers support had no choice but to stand up and be counted. We would also hope the RFFF committee see fit to release some funds to help our fellow Bears.

“Let’s be very clear here, the Rangers supporters who defended their players and fellow fans did the job of the police and stewards who stood idly by and watched our players being attacked, and our support taunted and subjected to attacks in person and by missiles.”

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