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Police charged a total of 15 football fans after fights broke out between Hearts and Kilmarnock fansGetty

Police in Scotland have charged 15 football supporters after a fight broke out between Hearts and Kilmarnock fans outside Tynecastle stadium. The males, who are aged between 14 and 28, are thought to have been part of a large fight that involved more than 20 rival supporters.

The brawl happened near kick-off at about 3pm on Saturday 3 October at McLeod Street, near the home of Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh. Additional officers attended the scene and assisted in breaking up the disturbance, resulting in the arrest of a 21-year-old man from Kilmarnock.

A number of other people involved fled the area, however following an extensive police investigation conducted by divisional officers and the Football Coordination Unit (FoCUS), which is a specialist police resource designed to tackle violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour associated with football, a further 14 males have now been arrested and charged with various offences.

None of the accused are allowed to attend any regulated football match in the UK pending the outcome of their cases.

All are expected to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court on February 17 2016. Inspector Bob Innes of Police Scotland said: "We treat such incidents extremely seriously. The safety of everyone attending football matches is of paramount importance and violence and disorder will not be tolerated.

"Thanks to some excellent police work and with the assistance of our partners at Hearts Football Club, we have successfully traced and charged 14 males in connection with this incident. They will appear in court in due course and in the meantime they have been ordered not to attend any regulated football match in the UK."