UEFA fine Rangers again for Europa League trouble ahead of Braga clash
Rangers have been fined a second time for issues involving fans in this season’s Europa League, the Scottish Sun have reported.
The club has been hit by a £30,000 charge from UEFA over fans throwing objects at the Red Star Belgrade match in the previous round, and a further £5,000 for causing damage.
This comes after Gers were previously fined £4,200 for fans running onto the pitch at Ibrox during the round before that’s game against Borussia Dortmund (Football Scotland).
According to the Sun report the Serbian side has escaped punishment, and the stadium in Belgrade was already showing significant signs of damage.
It says: “Before the game Rangers fans were already disgruntled with the state of the away end, with marked and broken seats in place before the clash which Red Star won 2-1.
“A video posted online a day before the clash showed seats with burn marks and pieces hanging off in the away end.”
Gers are preparing to face Braga tonight (14 April) in the quarter final second leg, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.
Whether the European governing body has it in for the Light Blues, or the fans are behaving particularly badly, it doesn’t bode especially well for the game tonight.
Further incident against the Portuguese side at Ibrox will likely lead to even stiffer punishment.
It is not a reputation that club would like to be gaining, as the team itself has forced Europe to sit up and take notice with their performances on the pitch this season.
But after images of broken glass being cleared from the pitch during the Old Firm derby at the start of the month were beamed round the world, it is more negative attention.
The Bears are far from the only side who have had issues with supporter behaviour, as there have been repeated incidents in other leagues as well.
But it is a recurring issue for the club of late and should be the subject of some concern if it continues.
In other Rangers news, Jim White and Simon Jordan lashed out at a “totally unfair” revelation live on talkSPORT.