Dundee United Chairman Stephen Thompson has moved swiftly to distance the club from the statement issued by the ArabTRUST following Tuesday nights 4-0 defeat to Rangers.
The United fans’ group complained to the SPL, SFA and Tayside Police over alleged sectarian singing during the game.
However the United chairman has distanced the club from the group’s comments and has contacted both Rangers and the SPL yesterday to state that the fans’ group were not speaking on behalf of the club.
Thompson said: “I am aware of what ArabTRUST have said. They are entitled to whatever view they want to have but they do not represent Dundee United. ArabTRUST are not speaking on behalf of the football club. We have a good relationship with Rangers and all clubs are working hard to eradicate sectarianism.”
The trust released a statement on Wednesday which read, “Members of ArabTRUST have reported that illegal sectarian chants were sung by ‘fans’ of Glasgow Rangers at Tannadice Park last night. These chants were heard throughout the stadium and ArabTRUST condemns these so-called supporters who bring down their football club and tarnish the reputation of our national sport. ArabTRUST has accordingly reported the matter to the relevant authorities.”
ArabTRUST is Dundee United’s second biggest shareholder, which was set up ‘to give Dundee United’s fans a REAL voice in every aspect of the clubs operations, from what happens on the pitch to how the money is spent’.
They added, “We now challenge both the SFA and UEFA to take action. These chants have also been reported to Tayside Police and we await the outcome. We are fully aware that many Glasgow Rangers supporters share our concerns. It is time that both sectarianism and bigotry are ended in Scottish football, and Scottish society as a whole. We invite all supporters’ trusts to join together so that we may eradicate such vile prejudices.”
When contacted today about Thompson’s comments, the ArabTRUST Press & Communications Spokesperson Christopher Bennison said, “We’ve got nothing more to add to the original statement that we made on Wednesday night via arabtrust.co.uk. What I would say is that ArabTRUST’s relationship with Dundee United has been strong since its formation in 2003 and remains so.”