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PARTING SHORT; Rangers star in briefs encounter with police.

Byline: By Colin Duncan

RANGERS star Paolo Vanoli was led away by police last night after he dropped his shorts on the pitch.

The Italian defender looked as if he was about to throw his shorts to a girl fan in the crowd when a cop stepped in.

Vanoli's bizarre strip happened after Rangers' 1-0 defeat by Hearts in the Ibrox side's final home game of the season.

But a cop gave gave Vanoli short shrift and led himup the tunnel.

Vanoli pleaded with the cops to let him back on to the pitch, but he was ordered back into the dressing room.

Afterwards, Ibrox manager Alex McLeish claimed the Italian had merely let his heart rule his head.

McLeish said: 'Paolo had clearly got caught up in the emotion of it all.

'This was just his way of letting fans know how much he appreciates them.

'I had warned the players before the game that they weren't allowed to throw anything to the fans at the end.

'The police were fearful of crushing inside the ground at the end.

'But the worst that Paolo deserves is a rap on the knuckles.'

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TEDDY BARE; IT'S A BUM RAP; STRIP STROP; SHORTS CUT; THAT'S PANTS: Vanoli is led away to prevent him throwing his shorts to a femal fan, bottom left
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Date:May 13, 2004
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