Hibs and Rangers face being sued after cup final

Police formed a barrier
Police formed a barrier

HIBS and Rangers could be sued jointly for £800,000 over damage caused after the Scottish Cup final pitch invasion – despite being cleared of any blame last week.

Misconduct charges against the clubs were dismissed by the SFA on Wednesday, which ruled neither could be held responsible for the fans’ behaviour.

However, lawyers acting for Glasgow City Council are now considering raising a fresh action to cover the cost of the damage to digital LED advertising hoardings at Hampden in May.

The legal battle kicked off when solicitors acting on behalf of The Football Company Scotland, which owns the hoardings, started legal action against the council to cover the cost of the damage.

But council officials are said to be furious they face covering the cost of the trouble. It’s understood the local authority’s claim has not been lodged yet.

A spokesman for the city council, however, did confirm the body was “considering all of the legal options open to us in respect of the claim made by Football Company Scotland”.

The Football Company Scotland confirmed it was seeking damages but provided no further comment.

A council insider told a Sunday newspaper: “Taxpayers will be appalled they face having to cough up for the damage.

“Clearly the council will look at all its options, and going after the clubs is one of them.”

Hibs and Rangers declined to comment.

Hibs last week said they had paid for damage to the pitch.