Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Rangers angry as fans are banned

Rangers supporters chant before the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on April 24, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland

UEFA last night imposed a two-match away ban — one of which is suspended — on Rangers fans after the club were found guilty of charges relating to sectarian behaviour by some of their supporters.

The Scottish champions were also fined €40,000 (£35,558) by Uefa's control and disciplinary body as a result of the actions of fans at the away leg of the Europa League tie against PSV Eindhoven.

Rangers were also fined the same amount and ordered to play their next home Uefa match behind closed doors for the same offence in the home leg, although that sanction was also deferred for a probationary period of three years.

Rangers, who were not permitted to make a personal representation at the hearing, have three days to appeal the sanctions, and chief executive Martin Bain said the club were considering doing just that.

Bain said in a statement: “We are bitterly disappointed that our club has now been placed in a position where we are subjected to these kind of sanctions by Uefa.

“There is no doubt (however) the mindless behaviour of an element of our support has exposed the club to a very serious situation.

“The people who engage in this type of behaviour are damaging the club they claim to support.

“It is abundantly clear from this decision that if there is any sectarian singing at future matches the suspended bans will take effect.”

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