Rangers: 9th supporter charged over sectarian abuse
A police investigation was launched after a video circulated online of a group chanting sectarian abuse in Glasgow ahead of Rangers’ 1-0 win over Celtic.
Rangers played Celtic at the Ibrox Stadium on August the 29th. Before the match, some Ranger fans were involved in a racially offensive incident.
Rangers ban supporters
The club has issued indefinite bans to three fans over the controversy. The Scotland Police has charged a ninth Rangers supporter related to the racial offenses before last month’s Old Firm derby at Ibrox.
The Scotland Police have confirmed on Wednesday, the arrest of an 18-year-old man. The teenager has been charged in connection with the incident.
The police started their investigation following the match on the 29th of August. A video circulated online of a group chanting sectarian abuse in Glasgow before the match started.
The police charged three men, aged 24, 21, and 19 years old, a week earlier. Rangers issued indefinite bans to the three fans following the incident. A further five men, aged 20, 26, 21, and two 23-year-olds were arrested and charged on Friday.
The club has condemned all forms of racism, sectarianism, and discrimination.
Rangers in a statement issued on Thursday said:
“After liaising with Police Scotland regarding a well-documented incident on Sunday, Rangers have written to three individuals to confirm their indefinite ban from all club fixtures. We reiterate our club stance against all forms of discrimination and once again, underline our approach to so-called ‘fans’ who bring the good name of Rangers FC into disrepute.”
Condemning the act
Chief superintendent Mark Sutherland, said, following the initial three arrests, that the racist conduct will not be tolerated. Meanwhile, he assured that the Police will work with Rangers FC to identify and take appropriate action against those responsible.
Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care took to Twitter expressing his disgust.
For those hurling racist abuse at our Irish community telling them to "go home" – Scotland is their home.
Disgusted to once again see anti-Irish racism rear its ugly head. Solidarity with our Irish community.
I am sure Police Scot will hold those responsible to account.
— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) August 29, 2021
Show Racism The Red Card-Scotland added:
“Our charity stands in solidarity with Scotland’s Irish and Catholic communities targeted by hate yesterday. Chants of ‘why don’t you go home’ are racist. Anti-Irish and anti-Catholic hatred in all its forms must be challenged and treated with the seriousness it deserves. Religious intolerance and xenophobia must never be accepted as a fact of life by any community or any person in Scotland. Educating the future generation to recognize and safely challenge such hate is crucial. Rather than words, communities and charities need more support. We commend members of the public for documenting yesterday’s scenes and urge all to report them to Police Scotland.”