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Tuesday, May 4, 1999 Published at 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK


Scottish ref vows to continue

Celtic players hold back a fan during Sunday's match

Scottish referee Hugh Dallas has announced his determination to referee the Scottish Cup final between Rangers and Celtic, despite an attack on his home in the aftermath of Sunday's badly tempered league match between the two Glasgow clubs.

The windows of his house were broken several hours after the clash in which he was also hit by a coin thrown from the crowd.

He had to have four stitches inserted in a head wound.

Dallas sent off three players during the game which Rangers won 3-0 to take the premier league title.

Four fans also attempted to attack him on the pitch.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Dallas said: "I wouldn't say I've got over it all.

"Obviously I can handle what happened on the field and I can handle it if they throw things at me during the game.

"But when it starts to come to the home and affects your family then it's pretty upsetting."

Dallas said there was "never any doubt or any discussion" that he be removed from the list of match officials for the cup final on May 29.

"We obviously knew going into the league match that the cup final was going to follow four weeks later," he said.

"We just hoped everything would go well."

The Scottish Football Association has launched an urgent investigation into Sunday's events, during which 113 people were arrested and one man was stabbed.



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