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igotry a Scottish problem - Uefa

Uefa says it could not take action against Rangers fans because their alleged sectarian singing had been tolerated for years in Scotland.

Rangers had been found not guilty of discriminatory chants during the Champions League games with Villarreal.

Uefa's statement said that "Billy Boys" had long been sung "without either the Scottish football or governmental authorities being able to intervene".

"The result is that this song is now somehow tolerated," it explained.

Rangers were fined just under £9,000 after a fan smashed a window on the Villarreal team bus on the way to the second leg in Spain.

But, although they were found not guilty of discriminatory singing, Ibrox chairman David Murray made perhaps his strongest condemnation yet of bigoted behaviour at football matches.

 This is a shaming judgement for the whole of Scotland 

 

And he warned that European football's governing body could take tougher action in the future.

However, in its explanation of its decision and examination of a song that touches on the Catholic-Protestant divide, Uefa appears to wash its hands of what it saw as a particularly local problem.

"In examining the alleged discriminatory chants, the control & disciplinary body admitted that the nature of the song concerned - "Billy Boys" - related to a social problem in Scotland," said the statement.

"The body also believed that the disciplinary decision in this case had to be taken in the context of Scotland's social and historical background. 

"Given this social and historical context, the control & disciplinary body said it considered that Uefa cannot demand an end to behaviour which has been tolerated for years.

"In view of the above, the control & disciplinary body ruled that, despite the behaviour of its supporters, Rangers FC had not infringed Article 5 of the Uefa disciplinary regulations and cannot be punished according to Article 6."

However, Article 5 says Uefa will not tolerate conduct that is "racist, discriminatory, politically extremist or insulting".

 It's society's problem and one that visits on one or two of our clubs 

And a spokesman for Scotland's leading anti-sectarianism organisation, Nil By Mouth, described the Uefa decision "bizarre and outrageous".

"This is a shaming judgement for the whole of Scotland," he said.

"The overwhelming majority of people in Scotland, including the chairman of Rangers, think it is completely unacceptable to sing songs about being 'up to our knees in Fenian blood'."

Scottish FA president John McBeth stressed it was a problem that was being tackled.

"There is a problem," he told BBC Sport. "It's not peculiar to football. It's society's problem and one that visits on one or two of our clubs."

He welcomed Uefa's investigation as it highlighted the problem and gave added impetus to action designed to eradicate it.

McBeth pointed out that the SFA is introducing a license scheme, to be introduced later this year, that requires clubs to take action to tackle sectarianism.

"The only problem we have with European action is that it tends to be a blanket punishment on clubs," he said.

"We would like to see the people causing the problem stopped getting into grounds.

"We are working with the Scottish Executive, Scottish Office and sportscotland to introduce banning orders for troublemakers."

McBeth said that, if clubs did not take sufficient action, the SFA could impose fines, close grounds or impose suspensions. 
 

 

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2 minutes ago, Hadron Collider said:

Sectarianism and bigotry and songs and  still nothing about paedophiles ruining young players lives as we stand today. C’mon uefa, get it fucking sorted. All over us for singing. Cunts! 

“Aye but they’re worse” honestly this is getting old now.

the pedo ring at that mob is a criminal issue that can’t be punished by uefa

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11 minutes ago, Bellshill_Bear said:

“Aye but they’re worse” honestly this is getting old now.

the pedo ring at that mob is a criminal issue that can’t be punished by uefa

Covering it up to protect the name of the club is a different matter 

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13 minutes ago, Bellshill_Bear said:

“Aye but they’re worse” honestly this is getting old now.

the pedo ring at that mob is a criminal issue that can’t be punished by uefa

I know what you’re saying mate, but we can’t be quiet about it. That’s what those cunts want. Sweep sweep. 

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2 hours ago, murzo said:

igotry a Scottish problem - Uefa

Uefa says it could not take action against Rangers fans because their alleged sectarian singing had been tolerated for years in Scotland.

Rangers had been found not guilty of discriminatory chants during the Champions League games with Villarreal.

Uefa's statement said that "Billy Boys" had long been sung "without either the Scottish football or governmental authorities being able to intervene".

"The result is that this song is now somehow tolerated," it explained.

Rangers were fined just under £9,000 after a fan smashed a window on the Villarreal team bus on the way to the second leg in Spain.

But, although they were found not guilty of discriminatory singing, Ibrox chairman David Murray made perhaps his strongest condemnation yet of bigoted behaviour at football matches.

 This is a shaming judgement for the whole of Scotland 

 

And he warned that European football's governing body could take tougher action in the future.

However, in its explanation of its decision and examination of a song that touches on the Catholic-Protestant divide, Uefa appears to wash its hands of what it saw as a particularly local problem.

"In examining the alleged discriminatory chants, the control & disciplinary body admitted that the nature of the song concerned - "Billy Boys" - related to a social problem in Scotland," said the statement.

"The body also believed that the disciplinary decision in this case had to be taken in the context of Scotland's social and historical background. 

"Given this social and historical context, the control & disciplinary body said it considered that Uefa cannot demand an end to behaviour which has been tolerated for years.

"In view of the above, the control & disciplinary body ruled that, despite the behaviour of its supporters, Rangers FC had not infringed Article 5 of the Uefa disciplinary regulations and cannot be punished according to Article 6."

However, Article 5 says Uefa will not tolerate conduct that is "racist, discriminatory, politically extremist or insulting".

 It's society's problem and one that visits on one or two of our clubs 

And a spokesman for Scotland's leading anti-sectarianism organisation, Nil By Mouth, described the Uefa decision "bizarre and outrageous".

"This is a shaming judgement for the whole of Scotland," he said.

"The overwhelming majority of people in Scotland, including the chairman of Rangers, think it is completely unacceptable to sing songs about being 'up to our knees in Fenian blood'."

Scottish FA president John McBeth stressed it was a problem that was being tackled.

"There is a problem," he told BBC Sport. "It's not peculiar to football. It's society's problem and one that visits on one or two of our clubs."

He welcomed Uefa's investigation as it highlighted the problem and gave added impetus to action designed to eradicate it.

McBeth pointed out that the SFA is introducing a license scheme, to be introduced later this year, that requires clubs to take action to tackle sectarianism.

"The only problem we have with European action is that it tends to be a blanket punishment on clubs," he said.

"We would like to see the people causing the problem stopped getting into grounds.

"We are working with the Scottish Executive, Scottish Office and sportscotland to introduce banning orders for troublemakers."

McBeth said that, if clubs did not take sufficient action, the SFA could impose fines, close grounds or impose suspensions. 
 

 

Anyone got a link to the follow upto that article a few days later??? 

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1 minute ago, Jimbeamjunior said:

Pity the perma tanned wee prick never tried to stand up for us properly, him and the oldco board sat back (along with murray) and allowed tarriers from across scotland to bully us into submission

For over a decade our fanbase has been attacked from all angles and no one stood up for us

Wish we had a Souness type cunt on our board. 

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2 minutes ago, Hadron Collider said:

Wish we had a Souness type cunt on our board. 

I dont, i wish we had a smart boxer on our board and not a hammer thrower, souness would try and ram raid his way and it wouldnt work, we need someone who can act like he's all supportive of the other teams but secretly fucking them from behind

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