14 arrested over Livingston v Rangers disorder

Polic say 14 men were arrested. Picture: Michael Gillen

Polic say 14 men were arrested. Picture: Michael Gillen

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Police Scotland has arrested 14 men in connection with disorder at a football match in West Lothian last month.

During the Livingston FC v Rangers FC match at the Almondvale Stadium on Saturday October 4, stewards attempted to eject a drunken man from the South Stand, at which time a number of other spectators attempted to prevent him being removed, resulting in a disturbance within the stand.

Working alongside the FoCUS team, officers from Livingston conducted a robust investigation into this incident and as a result the Violence Reduction Unit arrested 14 males from the Glasgow area over a number of days last week.

All of these individuals will now be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and are being considered for Football Banning Orders.

Inspector Myles Marshall said: “There is absolutely no place for disorder or any other criminal offences at football matches or any other sporting event.

“Whenever these incidents occur we will work closely with partner agencies and other departments of Police Scotland to bring those responsible to justice.

“Make no mistake, even if we do not apprehend offenders during a match, we will progress enquiries after full-time to identify those responsible for criminal activity and ensure they cannot commit further disorder at future matches”