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See Hibs chairman Rod Petrie respond to cup final crowd disorder

SFA board member said fans were over-exuberant and claims of violence need investigated.

Hibernian chairman and Scottish FA board member Rod Petrie has faced questions over the conduct of supporters following a pitch invasion at the conclusion of the Scottish Cup final.

Thousands of fans took to the pitch after Hibs won the cup for the first time since 1902 but there were violent clashes and Rangers have claimed that players and staff were assaulted.

"I don't think it was going to be calamitous," Petrie said. "I think the police and stewards and everyone at Hampden Park deserve great credit for the manner in which they dealt with the situation at the end.

"One-hundred-and-fourteen years of exuberance, it meant that we had to wait a bit longer for the presentation.

"I was deeply disappointed when it happened.

"I am not playing anything down anything that has happened, what happened was a team won the cup and the over exuberance of a number of supporters took them on to the pitch which is unacceptable and I am sorry it happened and it had to be dealt with but I think was dealt with in a professional manner."

Petrie said he was unaware of Rangers' calls for an investigation, which the Scottish FA say they will hold.

"I am not aware of a complaint but if something has happened to a player or member of staff, that is a very serious matter and we will co-operate fully," Petrie said. "I am very sorry that the Rangers players felt they were unable to come back out and receive their medals.

"I fully expect there will be a detailed examination of what has happened to learn the lessons and we are ready to contribute to that.

"You could call it disappointment, embarrassment, I wish it hadn't happened and I don't think it will reflect well on the game."

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