Raith vow to ban bottle-wielding pitch invaders

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Raith Rovers have vowed to issue lifetime bans to any spectators involved in the crowd trouble that took place during a Development League match against Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Tuesday night.

Witnesses described how a group of drunken youths - believed to be Raith supporters - caused the game to be temporarily halted after a glass bottle was thrown onto the park during a pitch invasion.

Investigations are ongoing to identify those responsible.

Eric Drysdale, Raith chief executive, said he was appalled by the incident and asked for anyone with information to contact the club.

He said: “We are working closely with Cowdenbeath and Police Scotland to identify those who came onto the park, in particular the indivudual who threw a bottle onto the pitch, and the individual who removed a corner flag during play.

“When these people are traced they will face immediate lifetime bans from Stark’s Park, if it transpires that they are Raith Rovers supporters.”

Raith won the match 5-0 with goals scored by Craig Wighton (2), Callum Robertson, Mitch Megginson and a trialist.