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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 March, 2004, 19:24 GMT
Livi duo swear at stewards
Stewards prevent Stuart Lovell approaching fans
Stewards prevented Stuart Lovell approaching fans
Livingston heroes Stuart Lovell and Derek Lilley have criticised police and stewards at Hampden Park following the CIS Cup triumph over Hibernian.

Captain Lovell has been told they will be reported to the Scottish Football Association for losing their temper.

They were prevented from talking to members of the crowd and Lovell said: "I was being pushed in the chest by a lady security guard and I swore at her.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but it's not every week Livingston win the cup."

Lovell had wanted to talk to a friend, while goalscorer Lilley was hoping to take his children, Derek and Stephanie, on to the pitch as part of the lap of honour.

"I think I have seen Celtic and Rangers players being able to go to the fans, so why did they stop us?" said Lovell.

My emotions probably got the better of me
Derek Lilley
"There were only 6000 of our fans there, so it was hardly likely to start a riot. Surely we are entitled to enjoy ourselves."

"We have been told that Derek Lilley and myself will be reported to the SFA over our conduct.

"We both snapped in the situation and swore at security guards. But if we have to apologise then we will do that."

Lilley kicked the advertising hoardings around the pitch in frustration at the situation.

"My emotions probably got the better of me after I was man-handled by one of the stewards," said the striker.

Scotland international James McFadden was similarly prevented from speaking to fans on the side of the pitch after the Euro 2004 qualifying win over Lithuania in October last year.

The Everton forward had tried to give his shirt to nine-year-old Stephen Raeside, who has cerebral palsy, but was held back by a steward and banned from speaking to the young fan.

Strathclyde Police wrote a letter of complaint to SFA chief executive David Taylor over the incident, but the matter was later dropped by the governing body.

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