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GERS FEAR EUROPA IBROX SHUTDOWN

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RANGERS are facing a stadium closure for their final Europa League Group G game against Young Boys if UEFA take stringent action following reports of sectarian singing during the game  against Feyenoord.

Under the European football’s governing body’s strict Article 14 rules on racism and other discriminatory conduct, they could be ordered to close the ENTIRE ground for the visit of the Swiss club a week on Thursday where a win or a draw will be enough to get Steven Gerrard’s side into the knock-out stages next year.

A report in the Daily Record insists Gers fans in the De Kuip chanted “F*** The Pope” during their songs throughout the match against Dick Advocaat’s Dutch team where Alfredo Morelos scored two goals in the 2-2 draw.

Another journalist. Jordan Campbell, of The Athletic, reported on Twitter that he heard offensive songs that could lead to a complete Ibrox shutdown.

He said: “If Ibrox is shut for the Young Boys game for a couple of the songs sung tonight then the fans who are guilty can have no complaints.

“The club did everything they could, but still some idiots seem intent on singing it.

“FARE send a rep to every Rangers game in Europe. You may think that is a form of targeting, but they are applying the rules.

“A third rule break sees Ibrox shut. It was black and white. If you refuse to acknowledge it then it will never change.”

Gers have already been ordered by UEFA to close sections of the stadium on two occasions this season – for the visits of Legia Warsaw and Feyenoord.

The club also declined to take any away tickets for the trip to face Young Boys at the start of October.

Referring to repeated racist behaviour, UEFA Article 14 says: “The following disciplinary measures apply in the event of recidivism: A: a second offence is punished with one match played behind closed doors and a fine of €50,000; B: any subsequent offence is punished with more than one match behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points and/or disqualification from the competition.

“If the circumstances of the case require it, the competent disciplinary body may impose additional disciplinary measures on the member association or club responsible, such as the playing of one or more matches behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points and/or disqualification from the competition.”

Anti-racism group FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) work alongside UEFA and send a delegate to every Rangers European game because of past offences.

Now the Ibrox club must sweat on whether FARE or the UEFA  delegate at the game has officially recorded any sectarian chanting.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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