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Five men arrested over 'severed ear' brawl in Glasgow

Five men have been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) following "serious, violent disorder" between football fans in Glasgow last month.

The violence flared at Glasgow Central station after a Scottish Cup tie between Ayr United and Hibernian at Somerset Park in Ayr on 10 March.

One man was taken to hospital and a severed ear was found at the scene.

The men, aged between 22 and 45, all from Edinburgh, were expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 26 April.

The Hibs fans were arrested following an operation on Tuesday between BTP and Lothian and Borders Police.

'Extreme' violence

Six other men, aged between 24 and 48, who were arrested at Glasgow Central at the time of the incident, are also awaiting legal proceedings.

Det Insp Grant Cathcart, from BTP, said: "This was serious, violent disorder in which one man was hospitalised.

"The violence was so extreme that a severed ear was also found at the scene.

"Football-related anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on the rail network and we will continue to work closely with all Scottish forces to take action against anyone who steps out of line and bring hooligans to justice."

Ch Insp Denise Mulvaney, of Lothian and Borders Police, said the violence was "totally unacceptable".

She said: "Today's operation sends a very clear message that if you are involved in criminal activity before, during or after a football match, you will be identified and brought to justice."

A Hibs spokesman said: "Hibernian FC cannot condone any form of unacceptable behaviour.

"The club has worked positively and productively with the police and Scottish government as part of the consultation process which led to the new legislation focused on tackling sectarian and offensive behaviour."

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