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Police to investigate Fir Park brawl

Police Scotland say they will review the fight that marred the conclusion of

Motherwell’s Premiership play-off final victory over Rangers.

Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni was at the centre of an ugly brawl on the final whistle at Fir Park.

The Tunisian was pushed by Lee Erwin and responded by aiming a kick and punch at the Motherwell striker, before tussling with Fraser Kerr.

All three players were shown red cards by Craig Thomson after the match.

Assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins said: “Police Scotland will conduct a full review of the circumstances and liaise with the appropriate partners, and decide how best to take the matter forward over the coming days.”

Rangers manager Stuart McCall said he missed the incident, but acknowledged such behaviour was “unacceptable”.

Speaking after his side’s 3-0 loss at Fir Park, he said: “If he has thrown a punch that’s disgraceful.

“But it’s safe to say he won’t be at the club next season. He’s out of contract.”

Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough said the scenes detracted from a great day for the Lanarkshire club, who triumphed 6-1 on aggregate to retain their top-flight status.

“There’s been an outpouring of emotions, shall we say, and it’s gone too far,” he told BBC Scotland.

“Scottish football doesn’t need it. There were two teams battling it out over 180 minutes, they gave it absolutely everything.

“For one or two individuals to ruin it, tarnish it, is a shame.”

Erwin appeared to shove Mohsni after the defender refused his offer of a handshake and describe his opponent’s reaction as “embarrassing” in a television interview, given with blood on his face.

Motherwell fans spilled on to the pitch while the fight was going on and had to be ushered away by police and stewards as they goaded Rangers supporters.

Bilel Mohsni and Lee Erwin

Bilel Mohsni and Lee Erwin faced off after the final whistle

Bilel Mohsni

Mohsni and Kerr became involved after the Rangers defender clashed with Erwin

Bilel Mohsni

Both Mohsni and Kerr were subsequently sent off by Craig Thomson

Bilel Mohsni and Fraser Kerr were separated by a group of players

Bilel Mohsni and Fraser Kerr had to be separated by coaches and team-mates

Bilel Mohsni and Fraser Kerr were separated by a group of players

Mohsni and Kerr were separated before the Tunisian was escorted up the tunnel

An ugly fight marred a good result for Motherwell, who stay in the Premiership

An ugly fight marred a good result for Motherwell, who stay in the Premiership

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32953422

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May 31st, 2015

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