’Well face SPFL charges over fans’ behaviour

Motherwell's victory over Rangers was marred by crowd trouble after the gamne.
Motherwell's victory over Rangers was marred by crowd trouble after the gamne.

Motherwell are facing punishment after the Scottish Professional Football League charged the club over fans’ behaviour following the play-off triumph over Rangers.

Several hundred home supporters ran on to the Fir Park pitch after ’Well’s 3-0 second-leg win on May 31, which clinched a 6-1 aggregate victory.

Many ran in the direction of the away stand to taunt the Rangers fans before returning to the stands as police has to bring horses onto the playing surface to restore order before a lap of honour could take place.

A flare was also thrown onto the pitch from the home end during the second half - although sources close to ’Well claim the person responsible was a Rangers supporter.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster announced earlier this week that the league body was considering action and it has now made its move.

It said in a statement: “The SPFL has today announced it has charged Motherwell FC with alleged breaches of SPFL Rules in relation to alleged Unacceptable Conduct on the occasion of the Premiership/Championship Play-Off Final Match at Fir Park on Sunday 31 May 2015.

“The charges relate to aspects of match organisation, security arrangements and supporter organisation. They do not concern aspects of player behaviour which have been dealt with by the Scottish FA.

“A Commission chaired by an independent senior solicitor will hear the case.”

The Scottish Football Association has already dealt with a brawl involving players.

Former Rangers defender Bilel Mohsni, who has now signed for French Ligue 1 side Angers, was banned for seven games while ’Well trio striker Craig Moore, currently on-loan at Ayr United, winger Lionel Ainsworth and defender Fraser Kerr, who has since been released, were given two-match suspensions.