Police Scotland arrested 28 folks after 1000’s of Rangers followers gathered in Glasgow on Sunday to have fun successful the Scottish Premiership.
An additional seven folks had been issued with mounted penalty notices or might be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Followers packed into George Sq. and gathered outdoors Ibrox Stadium after Rangers took their first top-flight title in 10 years.
The pressure mentioned motion was taken for offences together with assaulting cops, breaching coronavirus laws, dysfunction, use of flares and sectarian breaches of the peace.
Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, divisional commander for Higher Glasgow, mentioned: “Regardless of the coronavirus laws and the prohibition of gatherings, our officers had been confronted with a really troublesome set of circumstances as many 1000’s of supporters gathered to have fun throughout quite a few totally different venues.
“Our precedence was public security and this included lowering the chance of dysfunction, street security and efficient crowd administration among the many complexities of a vociferous crowd. This included established crowd management measures to stop critical dysfunction in a number of areas and shield the general public.
“An acceptable policing response was in place all through the day and officers frequently engaged and inspired compliance with coronavirus laws.
“Over the course of the day quite a few minor accidents had been sustained by members of the general public, a few of which had been on account of intoxication.”
“In whole, 28 folks had been arrested and 7 folks had been issued with mounted penalty notices or would be the topic of a report back to the Procurator Fiscal.
“I’m grateful to our officers who confirmed nice dedication and professionalism all through the course of the day, lots of whom put their very own well being in danger throughout a difficult set of circumstances.”
He mentioned the police operation was pre-planned.
Some politicians had criticised the police response, with Scottish Inexperienced MSP Ross Greer tweeting: “Count on Police Scotland to clarify fairly shortly to Parliament why they determined to facilitate somewhat than disperse a number of mass gatherings throughout a nationwide lockdown in the present day.”
The SNP’s Sandra White posted on Twitter: “I’ll ask as soon as once more Chief Constable Livingstone what are Police doing? My constituents shouldn’t must put up with this behaviour.”
Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “I share people’ anger at this.
“Everybody has made so many sacrifices prior to now yr and seeing a minority danger our progress is infuriating and disgraceful.
“It’s deeply unfair to your entire nation, and the police have a tough sufficient job already.
“Please ask followers to go house @RangersFC”.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf additionally requested followers to remain at house, saying he understood they might be “determined” to have fun however should adhere to lockdown guidelines.
He warned Uefa can be paying “shut consideration” as Glasgow’s Hampden Park is because of host some video games of the delayed 2020 European Championships in the summertime.
David Hamilton, chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, mentioned he was “appalled” by the scenes on Sunday.
He instructed BBC Good Morning Scotland: “We go on a mannequin of policing by consent and that requires us to basically cope with folks on the idea that they’re ready to do this stuff, significantly in huge numbers, and clearly on this case we had been up in opposition to the tide right here the place 1000’s of individuals wilfully disregarded the well being recommendation and had been selfishly congregating in George Sq., placing themselves in danger, their buddies in danger, the supporters in danger and the cops who had been taking care of after them in danger.”
He mentioned that just about the entire officers on responsibility won’t but have been vaccinated and he’s involved for them.
Mr Hamilton mentioned: “We’ve acquired lots of people in jeopardy now and that’s simply all the way down to the selfishness of those that determined that celebrating their membership’s victory was extra vital than the well being of the nation.”
Scottish Labour chief Anas Sarwar warned followers of the hazards they posed to themselves and their households by not adhering to the lockdown restrictions.
Talking on Monday, he mentioned: “Please, to your sake, to your security and your loved ones’s security, please observe the social distancing guidelines, please do not need mass gatherings – that is to guard you and your family members and your loved ones members.
“So, please, if you happen to’re persevering with these celebrations, please do them at house, please do them remotely. However don’t danger the lives of yourselves, of your loved ones members and your wider circles on the identical time – it actually isn’t price it.”