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Club 1872 Statement on UEFA Charges

28 August, 2019

Club 1872 would like to echo the message from Rangers regarding the damaging charges from UEFA both in relation to the St Josephs match at Ibrox and the recent game in Poland against Legia Warsaw.

It is clear that UEFA has taken a decision to class sectarian singing in the same bracket as racism and as a result has a clear and rapidly escalating framework of punishments for any club charged with such offences. This means that we will quickly arrive at the point where Ibrox may be closed for a home European tie if outbreaks of sporadic sectarian singing continue. This will not only effect tens of thousands of our own supporters but also the management team and players, who would have to operate in such circumstances. This is particularly frustrating as the atmosphere generated at European games at Ibrox this season has been largely free of such sectarian songs.

To be absolutely clear, songs, words and terms classed as sectarian by UEFA include ‘The Billy Boys’, any reference to “fenians” or any pejorative terms about Catholics or the Pope. The charges do not relate only to one song but to anything in the brackets above, including add ons to otherwise inoffensive songs.

We share some of the concerns over the lack of transparency, accountability and consistency in the operations of FARE. However, those concerns cannot be properly addressed while we are in a position where FARE can provide UEFA with video evidence of sectarian singing involving even a small number of Rangers supporters, as was the case in Warsaw.

Club 1872 fully supports Rangers’ Everyone Anyone campaign. It is absolutely clear in the discussions that we have had in the past few weeks and months that the club will not tolerate sectarian behaviour. We will continue to work with them to ensure that there is constructive and meaningful engagement with supporters on this issue going forward.

Every single Rangers supporter must now take responsibility for promoting a positive image of our club and support. Ibrox is one of the most impressive arenas in European football when it is full and noisy. We have a host of ways to generate that unique atmosphere without reverting to songs which will see the club sanctioned. Let’s get Ibrox rocking on Thursday night and roar our team into the groups stages of the Europa League.

Issued by Supporters Voice Limited, a Club 1872 company

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2 minutes ago, ScottBF2 said:

They should be asking the board for answers as to why BF1 have been singled out for punishment and hung out to dry in the public eye for this.

They answer to the board not ask for answers from them 

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5 minutes ago, ScottBF2 said:

They should be asking the board for answers as to why BF1 have been singled out for punishment and hung out to dry in the public eye for this.

The video evidence of the offence was of the singing coming from BF1 I think.

This is why they have been singled out.

I do feel for BF1 as the atmosphere they bring is great, but they are the most likely to be monitored as this is where the singing is clearest from.

If FARE or the likes are in the stadium, you can be sure they are going to be set up close to BF1 as this is where they will be most likely to catch the singing most clearly.

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Sounds like we are about to have the ‘what’s political and what’s sectarian’ argument again.

Quality.

8 minutes ago, ScottBF2 said:

They should be asking the board for answers as to why BF1 have been singled out for punishment and hung out to dry in the public eye for this.

The board wanted to make a statement to the fans “we will shut down BF1 we won’t think twice about banning any of you cunts either, toe the line”

They are playing hard ball, at least that’s what I gather from it, the board believe they are beyond reproach on this one.

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4 minutes ago, Bigdave30 said:

Sounds like we are about to have the ‘what’s political and what’s sectarian’ argument again.

Quality.

The board wanted to make a statement to the fans “we will shut down BF1 we won’t think twice about banning any of you cunts either, toe the line”

They are playing hard ball, at least that’s what I gather from it, the board believe they are beyond reproach on this one.

They done that already by closing down the section! Why are they then bringing it up & directly naming them in statements regarding our away support? 

 

Theyre fucking at it!! 

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19 minutes ago, GazzasOrangeFlute said:

Has FARE been to parkhead? Big tim in my work was saying they where singing secterian songs against AIK.

Also heard " the famine is over " song is under the banned song list.

The top man provably has with his wife to cheer them on and wave his Palestine flag. 

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