The Scottish Police Federation has called for an end to Old Firm “madness” after trouble flared once again at Wednesday night’s match. 34 arrests were made as Celtic beat Rangers 1-0 in the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay. An SPL match at Celtic Park last month led to 16 arrests within the ground and more than 200 in the Strathclyde force area. SPF chairman Les Gray said police no longer had the budget to deal with match-related unrest, and he called for the derby to be played behind closed doors or banned altogether. Mr Gray said: “We simply don’t have the money and resources to do this. “Everyone involved needs to sit down and look at this. Something has to give. This madness cannot go on.” Strathclyde Police said Wednesday’s night’s arrests were for a variety of sectarian, racial and breach of the peace offences. Police had warned they would crack down on drink-fuelled violence linked to the match after trouble flared in the wake of the last Old Firm game. On February 20, more than 229 people were arrested in the force area and in some cases prisoners were said to have been driven 50 miles as police cells filled… Read full this story
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