Five charged over Easter Road play-off disorder

Easter Road Stadium.  Pic: Ian Rutherford
Easter Road Stadium. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Five men have been arrested and charged over fighting which erupted in Edinburgh after Hibs’ SPFL play-off match earlier this year.

Thousands of fans were out in the Capital to watch the match against Hamilton Academical at Easter Road Stadium on Sunday, May 25.

After the game, which ended with Hibs losing 2-0 and being relegated after a penalty shoot-out, there was a large disturbance on London Road.

Police responded quickly to the trouble, but several people believed to be involved in the incident were not traced at the time and a joint investigation between their national Football Coordination Unit (FoCUS) and Edinburgh’s Divisional Violence Reduction Unit was launched.

As a result of police action carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday, five men aged 17, 20, 27, 32 and 46 were detained in the Seafield, Leith, Tollcross, Gorgie and Slateford of Edinburgh and have all been charged with a breach of the peace.

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

Police continue to follow a positive line of enquiry in relation others connected with this disturbance.

Inspector Stevie Sutherland who leads the Divisional Violence Reduction Unit in Edinburgh said: “This end of season match was watched by over 18,000 supporters and on the whole the behaviour before and during the match exemplary.

“However, following the match a small minority became involved in disorder at the top of Easter Road at the junction with London Road 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 these two specialised Police units, several arrests have now been made.

“Police Scotland is committed to tackling violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour associated with football.

“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”.