THE sickening image of a Rangers supporter making racist gestures to Celtic’s striker Scott Sinclair at Ibrox on Saturday has become a global news story, bringing shame onto the game in Scotland.
The SPFL are awaiting the match report from their delegate before they can comment and a more detailed statement must surely be forthcoming from the Ibrox club in the wake of the overwhelming media attention this racist incident has attracted widespread media attention.
“The Times, The Irish Times, The Telegraph, STV, BBC, ESPN, The Independent, international news feeds, parochial papers all over the UK and beyond are all reporting the abuse of Scott Sinclair'” noted one supporter this morning.
Yesterday Paul Kenny, 28, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday where he admitted the offence contrary to the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.
He admitted engaging in behaviour that is likely or would be likely to incite public disorder in that he did “shout and make racial gestures”.
Kenny, from Girvan, South Ayrshire made ‘monkey’ gestures at the ground following Sinclair’s successful penalty-kick to open the scoring in a match that Celtic went on to win 5-1.
The relevant section of the act deals with “grossly offensive” messages.
A police spokeswoman said: “A 17-year-old woman is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with alleged contravention of section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.”