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Rangers confirm players were assaulted after cup final against Hibernian

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Rangers have confirmed that members of their team and their coaching staff were assaulted by Hibernian fans in the aftermath of their William Hill Scottish Cup Final defeat this afternoon.

Hibs fans stormed the pitch after watching their side claim a 3-2 win against newly-promoted Rangers, to end a 114 year wait to lift the Scottish Cup.

However the moment of history was sullied when some fans allegedly attacked Rangers players as well as some members of the coaching staff, which prompted police on horseback to enter the pitch.

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Rangers, who were forced to receive their runners-up medals in the changing rooms because of the commotion, have released a statement in the aftermath of the game confirming the shocking scenes.

It read: "Rangers Football Club is shocked at the disgraceful behaviour of Hibs fans at full time.

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"Rangers players and staff were assaulted by these fans who invaded the pitch and in the interests of their safety could not return to the pitch for the medal presentation. There can be no place for the violent behaviour witnessed at the end of the Final and Rangers fully expect the Scottish Football Association and Police Scotland to launch an investigation to find out where security measures failed.

"The Club would like to commend Rangers fans for the restraint they showed under severe provocation."

As yet there has been no official comment from the Scottish FA or Hibernian over the post-match scenes.

During the game, Anthony Stokes scored twice for Hibs either side of strikes from Kenny Miller and Andy Halliday - before David Gray scored late on with a header to spark the jubilant scenes and much more besides.

 What punishment do you think the Hibs fans should face for their actions?

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