Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Rangers fined for fans’ conduct

Rangers have been fined 20,000 euros (£17,988) and been ordered to pay the cost of damage to the Steaua Stadium as a result of the improper conduct of their fans during the Champions League match against Unirea Urziceni in Romania last week.

Unirea Urziceni have been fined 8,000 euros (£7,195) for lack of organisation at the same match.

Rangers chief executive Martin Bain revealed his displeasure at the fine and reiterated his anger at the “moronic conduct” of the small minority of fans who were involved in the disturbances, but said the club will not appeal the punishment.

“It is extremely disappointing for both Rangers and the overwhelming majority of our supporters to see the club receive a fine of £18,000 from UEFA and suffer the consequences of the actions of those who took part in the disorder in Bucharest,” he said.

“The moronic conduct of these individuals was wholly unacceptable and flies in the face of what we stand for as a club. We do not want these people at matches.

“The club made strong representations to UEFA regarding the wholly unsatisfactory crowd management prior to the match.

“This in no way excuses the violent behaviour of some fans.”

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