Rangers hit by away fan ban

Rangers have been fined by Uefa and their fans banned from travelling to their next European away game, after ‘discriminatory chanting’ at during last month’s Europa League tie at PSV.

Rangers were fined €40,000, but avoided the harshest sanctions that European football’s governing body could have dished out, namely a ban on home fans for one European game and a further fine of €40,000 (which would be on top of the seven-figure sum that the club would lose from the lack of fans). However Rangers are still unhappy with the decision, and Rangers chief executive Martin Bain pointed the finger at Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare), saying that they were influenced by people who want to damage Rangers.

‘We have had serious concerns about the integrity of the evidence compiled by the Fare organisation and that remains the case,’ said Bain. ‘We are also of the opinion that Fare has been influenced by people who make it their business to damage our club in any way they can.

‘We are committed to the eradication of sectarianism and believe it would have been more constructive for Fare to work with our club rather than against it. Instead, they submitted evidence to Uefa with a clear objective in mind and have shown a complete lack of transparency or accountability when asked for clarification on various aspects of that evidence.

‘The club put its own case very forcibly to Uefa and the more draconian sanctions that were recommended by the disciplinary inspector have been mitigated to a degree," Bain admitted.

‘It is abundantly clear from this decision that if there is any sectarian singing at future matches the suspended bans will take effect. Those fans who engage in such activity need to take that message on board.

‘We will consider our position when we receive the written reasons for the decision, which are expected in a week or so.’

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