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Strathclyde Police said arrests last night were for a variety of sectarian, racial and offences of breach of the peace.

Police had warned they would combat violence fuelled by drink linked to the party after problems broke out after the final Old Firm game.

February 20, more than 229 people were arrested in the area of the force and in some cases prisoners were said to have been driven by 50 miles as police filled with cells.

Mr. Gray said that attention should be paid to play matches behind closed doors or restrict the television coverage.

Speaking after the latest clash, which saw Rangers Manager Ally McCoist and Celtic Assistant Manager Neil Lennon involved in angry scenes, said: “what is happening on the Court reproduces over Scotland, in the streets, in bars, at home.”

“It cannot be justified it.” “It cannot continue.”

Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill said that violence has more to do with alcohol and is less about football.

“There is a deep and unacceptable social issue – which has much to do with Scotland damaging relationship with alcohol and very little to do with football,” said.

“The question is far beyond clubs and the game.” It’s a culture of violence fueled by alcohol.

“By all the means drink responsibly and with security but do not get drunk, get violent, assault of his partner or any other person, the message is that such conduct is absolutely disgraceful and unacceptable.”

Scottish Football Association Chief Executive Stewart Regan also moved to condemning “the inflammatory and irresponsible behaviour” and confirmed an investigation has been launched in all the incidents.

As well as the respective staff coaching squaring up duo of Rangers Steven Whittaker and Madjid Bougherra were sent during the match, both for two yellow cards and after the final whistle mate El-Hadji Diouf also picked up a red card for a second booking after approaching referee Calum Murray.

Regan said: “The Scottish FA categorically condemns the conduct of inflammatory and irresponsible over the reproduction of the Scottish Cup last night between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park.”

“As Chief Executive of this organization, was saddened and deeply ashamed to witness the scenes that unfolded during what is intended is flagship of Scottish football accessory: these images were broadcast around the world and our game is shown in a low-light conditions.”

“I admit that the pressure of expectation in clubs but behavior last night crossed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour in a football match.”

“Already have launched an investigation into all of the incidents that took place and it will do everything in our power to ensure that there is no repetition.”

“The clubs are the duty of care to ensure that the image and integrity of the game is maintained at all times.”

“Actions of last night, culminating with three red cards and 13 precautions in total: also emphasized the continued lack of respect to our party officials”.

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