Europa League

Rangers punished again by UEFA for more sectarian singing

Closed: Empty seats at Ibrox last night (pic: SNS Group)

Rangers have been ordered to close a section of Ibrox for their opening Europa League group game against Feyenoord after being found guilty of a second charge of sectarian singing. 

The Light Blues qualified for the group phase with a narrow 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw in Glasgow last night. 

UEFA ordered Rangers to leave at least 3000 seats empty for the second leg of the play-off after finding them guilty of ‘racist behaviour’ during the first-round qualifier with St Joseph’s. 

The same punishment has now been dished out in the wake of this second charge relating to further ‘racist behaviour’ in the first leg stalemate against the Poles, the Group G opener going ahead on Thursday, 19 September. 

Earlier this week, the club released a strongly-worded statement urging supporters to refrain from indulging in such songs, stressing fans were ‘insulting’ Rangers with such behaviour. 

Rangers have also said they will not be taking up any allocation of tickets for their first away game, which will be in Switzerland against Young Boys. 

Porto complete the group line-up for Steven Gerrard, who said: “It’s a fantastic draw for us. There’s some really tasty games in there and nice countries to visit but we’re not in that group to make up the numbers.”

Fixtures:

19.9.19 Rangers v Feyenoord (8pm)

3.10.19 Young Boys v Rangers (5.55pm)

24.10.19 Porto v Rangers (5.55pm)

7.11.19 Rangers v Porto (8pm)

28.11.19 Feyenoord v Rangers (5.55pm)

12.12.19 Rangers v Young Boys (8pm)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked as *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.