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Club 1872 – Old Firm Semi-Final Message


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Policing will be "even-handed" apparently. I'll see it before I believe it.

 

Club 1872 met this week with Police Scotland to discuss the upcoming Old Firm match. Amidst concerns that our fans could be targeted, they have assured us that there will be fair and even-handed policing of the match. It is also clear that extra resources have been made available to them to facilitate the possibility of a more direct approach during the match in dealing with unacceptable behaviour.

Police Scotland will be closely monitoring behaviour in and around bus parks and have particularly mentioned that neither alcohol consumption nor anti-social behaviour will be tolerated.

Club 1872 supports Rangers Football Club in its efforts to promote the exemplary behaviour exhibited by the vast majority of our supporters, and to discourage any conduct that may damage the Club’s reputation or put people at risk. We recall the standards modelled by Bill Struth as we encourage every supporter to act as a representative of Rangers Football Club and “all that such a name means”. Policing at home games has been able to be significantly scaled down in recent years to reflect the high standard of behaviour amongst our support. Club 1872 encourages travelling supporters to maintain those standards on Sunday and beyond.

We recognise the efforts of the vast majority our supporters in avoiding any behaviour which could be deemed to be offensive, but we are also well aware that in the past two Old Firm matches our supporters have been subjected to unacceptable behaviour from groups of Celtic fans including hanging effigies and large, organised sectarian displays. We would urge all Rangers supporters to rise above any attempts to provoke behaviour that could lead to police attention. Police Scotland have assured us that incidents like those mentioned will be dealt with by them even if it takes several weeks or months to identify the culprits.

As Rangers supporters we represent our club in the same way that the players, staff and management team do. We are Rangers. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to uphold the Club’s good name. Club 1872 calls upon all Rangers fans to vocally support our team and likewise to support efforts to maintain a safe and enjoyable match-day experience for all. We would appreciate your support in promoting and sharing this message.

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Meh.

Like many before them words are cheap. 

You can almost guarantee we will have a row of police shoulder to shoulder facing us whilst they have at least half of that with that half being oblivious to the IRA chanting and no doubt even more sectarian displays. Until there is an "even-handed" approach I'll not be listening to an entity such as Police Scotland or an organisation which has so far, been solely used for the benefit of those who run it. 

Up tae ma fucking knees in it. 

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Police Scotland hypocrites.

It was them ALLOWING anti-social behaviour at the Scottish cup final that caused our players to be physically and verbally assaulted.

So whats changed?

They have been shown up globally for the corrupt bastards that they are.

That's what.

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13 minutes ago, Prso's headband said:

Meh.

Like many before them words are cheap. 

You can almost guarantee we will have a row of police shoulder to shoulder facing us whilst they have at least half of that with that half being oblivious to the IRA chanting and no doubt even more sectarian displays. Until there is an "even-handed" approach I'll not be listening to an entity such as Police Scotland or an organisation which has so far, been solely used for the benefit of those who run it. 

Up tae ma fucking knees in it. 

Up tae ma fucking neck in it.

it's going to be the same as always tags doing what they want and a bear getting arrested for been drunk.

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4 minutes ago, plumbGER said:

Police Scotland hypocrites.

It was them ALLOWING anti-social behaviour at the Scottish cup final that caused our players to be physically and verbally assaulted.

So whats changed?

They have been shown up globally for the corrupt bastards that they are.

That's what.

Exactly the police presence on Sunday will be like nothing we've ever seen before and will all be down to Hibs.

As fans it's be shown we can actually behave ourselves with the amount of times we've been at Hanpden and played them. If there's any time for a pitch invasion then it was Lovenkrands goal in 02. But no we celebrate in the stands cos we're not a small club mentality.

Also will defend the tims here slightly (feel a bit sick saying that right enough) but as bad as their dodgy banners which don't really offend me they actually can celebrate in the stands too and don't run on against us.

Wont be able to move on Sunday for Scotland's finest 

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1 minute ago, Sasa'onlyPLGsuccess'Papac said:

Exactly the police presence on Sunday will be like nothing we've ever seen before and will all be down to Hibs.

As fans it's be shown we can actually behave ourselves with the amount of times we've been at Hanpden and played them. If there's any time for a pitch invasion then it was Lovenkrands goal in 02. But no we celebrate in the stands cos we're not a small club mentality.

Also will defend the tims here slightly (feel a bit sick saying that right enough) but as bad as their dodgy banners which don't really offend me they actually can celebrate in the stands too and don't run on against us.

Wont be able to move on Sunday for Scotland's finest 

Yip, we suffer because the actions of others.

I wouldn't defend the bheggar support too much as there was a lot of them in with the hivs fans at that final, they were there hell bent on causing trouble.

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2 minutes ago, Negri's lovechild said:

I have a feeling the powers that be want us to do something,and the club are warning us/ covering themselves. Just something doesnt feel right

The club have done already with that morbid Follow With Pride video ... why Club1872 ... unless that's an admission that them and the club are 1 in the same.

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29 minutes ago, mus said:

Haven't the old bill also said that they expect to make more arrests than usual, which I think is a shocking statement to make before the game!

But probably realistic considering you can get arrested for singing a song? 

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