Victory Parade For Hibs Players

Hibernian players will make a victory parade through Edinburgh today following the team's historic Scottish Cup win.

Saturday's match at Hampden Park was marred by a pitch invasion and disorder between fans after Hibs scored in injury time to beat Rangers 3-2.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) said it was ''appalled'' by the scenes and an investigation is under way with police and stadium management to establish how hundreds of fans were able to get onto the turf.

Jubilant Hibs supporters are expected to line the streets of the capital later to see their triumphant team on an open-top bus tour.

The Easter Road side have been invited to a reception with the Lord Provost Donald Wilson to thank them for bringing home the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902.

Mr Wilson said: ''No matter what colour scarf you wear or where you live, I'm sure all football fans in the city will recognise this is a time for celebration.''

Following the reception at Lothian Chambers players will board a gold open-top bus and head down the High Street and on towards Leith Links.

Mounted police officers were called in to restore order after what the SFA described as ''contemptible behaviour'' from some fans following the final whistle.

Rangers said players and staff were assaulted by Hibs supporters and the side did not return to the pitch to be presented with their runners-up medals.

Parts of the national stadium's turf was ripped up and goal posts were broken by people climbing on them.

Police Scotland said it is working to identify those involved in disorder and violence at the match.

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald said: ''We understand that feelings run high at these events and fans want to celebrate their team's win, however the reckless behaviour of fans entering the pitch is totally unacceptable and inexcusable. This created a significant safety issue.''

Hibs chairman and SFA president Rod Petrie said he was sorry that the ''over-exuberance'' of fans after the 114-year trophy wait had taken them onto the pitch.

He said: ''I am not aware of a complaint but if something has happened to a (Rangers) player or member of staff, that is a very serious matter and we will co-operate fully.

''I fully expect there will be a detailed examination of what has happened to learn the lessons and we are ready to contribute to that.''

Scotland's Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: ``Violence has no place in football, either on or off the pitch, and the dreadful scenes at Hampden have undoubtedly taken the shine off Hibs' first Scottish Cup win in more than a century.''

Mr Regan said provisions including 1,000 police and stewards had been put in place for the category C, or increased risk match and it was difficult to see immediately what could have been done to avert the disorder.

Hibs chairman and SFA President Rod Petrie said: ''What happened was a team won the cup and the over-exuberance of a number of supporters took them on to the pitch, which is unacceptable, and I am sorry it happened.``

On Rangers' claims of assault, he said: ''I am not aware of a complaint but if something has happened to a player or member of staff, that is a very serious matter and we will co-operate fully.

''I am very sorry that the Rangers players felt they were unable to come back out and receive their medals.

''I fully expect there will be a detailed examination of what has happened to learn the lessons and we are ready to contribute to that.''

Triumphant Hibs players will take part in a parade through Edinburgh on an open-top bus on Sunday, culminating at Leith Links.

The city's Lord Provost will also host a reception for the Easter Road club to thank them for bringing home the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1902.

Donald Wilson said: ``No matter what colour scarf you wear or where you live, I'm sure all football fans in the city will recognise this is a time for celebration.''

Congratulations also came from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who tweeted: ``My other half @PeterMurrell is just one of thousands of happy Hibees tonight.''

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