Rangers fan group Union Bears have released a statement via Twitter, following an incident during the League Cup quarter-final at Livingston on Wednesday night.

As reported by the BBC, two individuals were injured by pyrotechnics set off by away fans.

It’s said that a 13-year-old boy required treatment to his eyes, while a 26-year-old woman sustained a leg injury. Following initial attention at the stadium, neither needed to go to hospital for further treatment.

The Union Bears’ section of the Broomloan Stand was closed for the visit of Legia last month, following UEFA sanctions. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A Police Officer was also reportedly struck by a coin thrown from the same section of away fans.

“We have a retrospective investigation ongoing and are working closely with both clubs to identify those responsible,” Chief Inspector Neil Mitchell told the BBC. “I can confirm that we are following a positive line of inquiry.”

“We will deal with all those responsible in a robust manner including seeking football banning orders through the courts.”

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In response, the Union Bears condemned the use of firecrackers at matches. However, they continue to “support the safe use of pyrotechnics inside and outside football stadiums.”

 

Verdict

There was a massive turnout from Rangers fans at the oft semi-deserted Tony Macaroni Arena on Wednesday night.

One corner, in particular, generated a lot of the atmosphere, including the singing of a new chant which has gone down well amongst Bears. 

However, these incidents have generated further negative publicity for the club. Thankfully, those hurt escaped with only minor injuries.

While pyrotechnics are common in some stadiums around Europe, not only are they outlawed by the Scottish game, but they clearly carry danger for fellow fans.

Whether it’s a firecracker or a flare, there’s no need for anything to be present in the stands which could lead to serious injuries for other supporters. The Union Bears are right to condemn the firecrackers but surely should have used this opportunity to go a step further and to discourage the use of any pyrotechnics, especially within stadia.

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