Police Arrest Seven Men Over Football-Related Disorder

22 February 2017, 17:08 | Updated: 22 February 2017, 17:12


Seven men have been arrested in connection with a large-scale disturbance following the Edinburgh derby in the Scottish Cup.

Police received reports of violence and disorder outside a pub on Brougham Place in the city after the Hearts-Hibs tie on Sunday February 12.

Two men required treatment for facial and head injuries following the incident.

On Wednesday, officers were involved in enforcement activity in the Oxgangs, Newington and Meadowbank areas of Edinburgh.

There was also police activity in Newtongrange, Midlothian, Ormiston, East Lothian, and Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross.

It resulted in seven men - aged 16, 20, 26, 33, 33, 48 and 48 - being charged.

Chief Superintendent Kenny MacDonald, divisional commander for Edinburgh, said: ''The disorder on Brougham Place was football-related and caused a great deal of concern to local residents, businesses and patrons in the area.

''We will not tolerate such offences and will actively pursue anyone believed to be involved to ensure they are brought to justice.

''The vast majority of supporters of both Hearts and Hibernian are regularly a credit to their clubs and behave responsibly whenever their teams are in action.

''However, a small minority behave in a manner which puts themselves and others at risk.

''The replay of the Scottish Cup match takes place tonight (Wednesday) and we'll have an appropriate presence in place to ensure the safety of all spectators and maintain order in and around the stadium.

''In addition, police will be assisting stewards to check for contraband items such as alcohol, weapons and flares and anyone in possession of such things will be prevented from entering the ground and may be arrested.

''Following the match, officers will be out on patrol and any offences identified will be dealt with robustly.''