BBC pundit responds as Rangers fans raise concerns about Charlie and the Bhoys event at Livingston
Livingston have cancelled an event at the Tony Macaroni stadium after concerns were raised by Rangers fans on Twitter, Marvin Bartley has confirmed.
Gers fan and Vital Rangers writer Graeme Hanna shared a post that advertised that controversial band Charlie and the Bhoys will be playing at Almondvale in November.
It has been alleged that Charlie and the Bhoys have sang “pro-IRA” songs in the past and that they “regularly flout anti-sectarian laws” [Daily Record].
After it was brought to the attention of BBC Sportsound pundit Bartley, who is Livi’s captain and the SFA’s equality advisor, he has confirmed the event has been cancelled.
Writing via his personal Twitter account, Bartley said: “This part of the stadium is rented out to a third party and we have zero control in terms of what is booked!
“We do however have a fierce stance on equality and have no room for anything that could be deemed discriminative happening on our premises.
“The event has been cancelled!”
Concerning – but at least it’s fixed
We’ve got to praise Bartley for stepping in and ensuring that the event has been cancelled after concerns were raised by Rangers fans.
They have every right to take issue with something like this – and their fans did in their droves on Twitter.
Here is what some of them said:
It’s not the first time that Charlie and the Bhoys have been at the centre of controversy as in 2015, an appearance in Cambuslang led to protests [Daily Record].
The event reportedly took place upon the promise the band would only play Celtic songs but it doesn’t wash away the feeling it leaves a big group of people in regards to them.
Livingston have acted quickly and we’ve got to commend that but clubs shouldn’t be so naive when it comes to stuff like this.
It would have been an awful look if no one had noticed and the event actually went ahead.
In other Rangers news, an SNP politician has had to delete a tweet after outrage among Gers fans.