Andy Walker reveals what Rangers players endured from Hibs fans during invasion
By Coral Barry
Andy Walker claimed he saw Hibernian fans attacking Rangers players after a mass pitch invasion marred the final of a dramatic Scottish Cup final.
A last-minute winner from captain David Gray secured a stunning 3-2 win for Hibernian after they spent the majority of the second period 2-1 down.
It is the first time in 114 years that Hibernian have won the Scottish Cup and emotions spilled over as supporters invaded the pitch after the final whistle.
A huge majority were Hibernian fans and both sets of players rushed off the pitch, with Sky Sports commentator Walker saying he could see the Gers players being attacked by onrushing supporters.
Walker branded the scenes “disgraceful” and reminiscent of actions of supporters that marred football in the 1980s.
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He said: “Absolutely disgraceful from some of these Hibernian supporters.
“Going up to some of these Rangers players, goading them and there’s no need for this. We’re seeing images that are reminiscent of the 1980’s, an absolute scandal.
“Fights breaking out everywhere here.”
In response to the huge pitch invasion, police on foot and on horses created a blockade across the halfway line to push the supporters back into the stands.
Once the pitch was cleared in preparation for the trophy presentation, Sky cameras switched to the destroyed goalposts at the end where the invasion first started.
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs condemned the actions of his team’s fans, but said the scenes would not bring down the mood of the celebrations.
He said: “I’d wish all the fans off the pitch so we could celebrate properly.
“We don’t condone what happened, but that’s 114 years of hurt. Obviously we want everyone’s safety, that’s the most important thing. I can understand the euphoria that’s surrounded this. I don’t condone it, but I can understand it.
“Does it take the gloss off it? Certainly not. Whatever comes our way, we’ll take it on the chin, but it’s not going to take away the pleasure and the pride of what we’ve achieved today.”
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