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Team Pd GD Pt
1 Arbroath 24 30 56
2 Raith Rovers 24 19 40
3 Forfar 25 -2 40
4 East Fife 22 5 38
5 Montrose 25 -3 35
6 Airdrieonians 25 0 31
7 Brechin 23 -11 25
8 Dumbarton 24 -6 24
9 Stranraer 23 -9 24
10 Stenhousemuir 23 -23 22
Updated: 16th Feb

Club Statement

Monday January 21st 2019

Raith Rovers FC wish to clarify the club’s position regarding the incident that took place on Saturday 19th January 2019 during the Scottish Cup derby match v Dunfermline Athletic,  where pyrotechnic devices were thrown onto the artificial playing surface during the celebration of the first goal.

General Manager Bob Farmer said “It is unbelievable that people would bring these devices into our stadium, never mind launch them onto the pitch”.

As well as disrupting the flow of the match at a crucial point in the cup tie, this caused damage to the artificial playing surface installed last summer which will now require repairs in 4 separate areas. The cost and inconvenience of doing so is, as yet, unclear as we are awaiting inspection by specialists.

Of greater concern was the potential for injury caused by the devices activation in the stand; these devices deliver significant risk, not just through burns but the effect the smoke has on those with breathing problems and the panic it can cause to young and vulnerable fans. This was gross stupidity.

The costs are not just limited to repairs, of course; there is the potential for action by the SFA and additional costs associated with providing more stewards and specific training to respond to this type of incident.

Raith Rovers are aware that one individual has been arrested and there are positive lines of enquiry to trace others involved.

Raith Rovers will be imposing a significant ban on those involved and will be seeking compensation for the damage caused.

 

Anyone with information about the individuals involved can contact:

  • Raith Rovers directly (safetyraithrovers.net)
  • Police Scotland on 101
  • Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555111
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