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Sir David Murray has warned Rangers supporters the club could turn down ticket allocations for all away matches if sectarian chanting persists.

Gers chairman Murray was launching a major self-policing campaign to tackle sectarian behaviour, and supporters groups have vowed to identify the minority of fans who are "bringing the club into serious disrepute".

The move follows claims of sectarian singing at the recent UEFA Cup match in Spain against Osasuna.

Supporter groups will self-police at domestic away matches until the end of the season and will then meet the club to review fan behaviour.

Murray told STV's Scotland Today: "There was a strong belief by some of us that we should stop all away tickets, but then it was felt these undesirables will still travel.

"We feel this responsibility policing is the best way forward.

"We're going to meet at the end of the season and if we feel the problem has not got any better or has got worse, not only may we consider not taking away tickets (for European games), we may for a period of time consider not taking away tickets for domestic games in Scotland.

"This is how serious we are about this and hopefully we're going to get the message across."

Murray, chief executive Martin Bain, and various supporters associations revealed the campaign's plans in a joint statement.

A code of conduct is to be drawn up for Rangers supporters which will be developed into a fans' charter.

The club will present the finished guidelines to UEFA.

Players and supporters groups will also issue anti-sectarian messages to supporters clubs.

And anti-sectarian messages are to be featured on fan websites including Follow Follow fanzine.

The action may not fend off disciplinary action from UEFA, who are continuing to look into the events of the Osasuna match, but a positive impact would be warmly welcomed by European football's governing body.

In his plea, Murray said: "Would the small minority of idiots who behave in a manner which is totally unacceptable stop besmirching the good name of Rangers Football Club."

He added: "The fact of the matter is, if we receive a heavy fine, we get one stand closed, (or) we get the ground closed, we will have no revenue to buy new players, so if people want to act in a bad manner the knock-on effect is huge."

In the earlier statement, the Rangers officials and fans groups said: "The match in Pamplona turned out to be a watershed for the club and supporters.

"At that game, Rangers encountered the poorest safety and security arrangements for a match for many years which gave the club deep concern for the welfare of supporters there to enjoy the game.

"The poor arrangements led to questionable policing and shambolic segregation that was clearly visible to all attending the game and those watching on TV."

The statement went on to condemn sectarian singing by some Rangers fans at the match in Spain.

It stated: "It is deeply disappointing since we have achieved so much on sectarian behaviour, particularly at Ibrox this season.

"We all agree that we still have some way to go on this issue and we are very grateful to the fans who have embraced the club's Pride Over Prejudice policies.

"We are agreed that the strongest possible action should be taken by the club and supporters against people who continue to indulge in sectarian behaviour.

"This kind of behaviour will simply result in a doomsday scenario for the club and the vast majority of fans."

http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,1...2028307,00.html

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FFS GTF MURRAY

???

well most of the fans arent bigots and they are losing out!

that is exactly what he is saying doh

naw isnt he saying ban everyone

Did you read the article?

erm no sorry :lol:

Well don't post in the thread.

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FFS GTF MURRAY

???

well most of the fans arent bigots and they are losing out!

that is exactly what he is saying doh

naw isnt he saying ban everyone

he says everyone will get banned, because UEFA will close the stand or stadium as a result of the actions of these few morons.

he is not saying HE will ban people doh

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In his interview on Sportsound tonight (radio Scotland) SDM did speak about how badly the supporters were traeted in Spain, but he also said that unless fans stop singing sectarian songs then the club will be either fined, stand/s closed or maybe the whole stadium closed. No matter what any fan thinks of our chairman, he is speaking the truth and if we do not stop this stupidity we are going to be made an example of and we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

Another thing that is becoming boring is the continual complaining about the press, if we get our house in order they will soon move on to someone else. The press did not sing the songs in Spain, it was done with people calling themselves Rangers supporters.

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