In Glasgow, urgent moves are being made to start an inquiry as soon as possible into Saturday's (January 2) incident at Ibrox Park Stadium when 66 people were killed at the end of the Celtic-Rangers football match.
GV EXT Ibrox Stadium
LV/MV Officials at scene of disaster (3 shots)
SCU Neilson interviewed. (SOF continues over shots of barriers)
(SHOT CONTINUES SILENT)
SCU Rangers' Manager Waddell
MV Officials arrive
MV Alick Buchanan-Smith arrives.
SCU Buchanan-Smith interviewed.
SEQ. 3: NEILSON: "Having attended matches here for many years one feels that crowd behaviour perhaps necessitated wider staircases. The crash barriers are now made of tubular steel and the Rangers' Management cannot be faulted but on hindsight I feel that the barriers and stairways are now too strong."
SEQ. 4: WADDELL: "The railings were according to specifications by the people concerned whose responsibility it was."
SEQ. 7: BUCHANAN-SMITH: "There must be the fullest possible inquiry into what took place."
QUESTION: "What from will this take?"
BUCHANAN-SMITH: "Well it has to be instituted by the Lord Advocate and takes place under the normal fatal accidents legislative procedure."
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Background: In Glasgow, urgent moves are being made to start an inquiry as soon as possible into Saturday's (January 2) incident at Ibrox Park Stadium when 66 people were killed at the end of the Celtic-Rangers football match. The Scottish Minister for Home Affairs, Alick Buchanan-Smith, was one of many officials who visited the ground today. (Sunday, January 3).
When Celtic scored in the final minute of the game, thousands of Rangers supporters streamed down the exit stairways. But within 30 seconds, Rangers had equalised and the roar of the crowd sent the departing supporters scurrying back up to see what had happened. They ran into others coming down and in the ensuing melee, 66 people were either crushed to death or suffocated.
A Glasgow Councillor, Derek Neilson, was asked about the crash barriers and stairways:
The Rangers' Manager, Willie Waddell, denied that the Club was in any way responsible for the incident:
Among the high-ranking officials ho visited the ground today was the Scottish Minister for Home Affairs, Mr. Alick Buchanan-Smith: