Rangers fined yet again by UEFA for Europa League fan behaviour
Rangers have been punished for the third round running by UEFA for fan behaviour in the Europa League, Football Scotland reports.
The club have been hit by a fine of nearly £39,000 for fans lighting fireworks, and for causing a late kick off in the away leg against Braga.
The fireworks accounted for the lion’s share of the amount, to the tune of £30,000, with the additional £8,000 for the kick off disruption.
The club face RB Leipzig in the semi-final first-leg in Germany tonight, going into a big tie having just been fined again.
Gers had to pay around £35,000 for flares and stadium damage after the trip to Serbia to face Red Star Belgrade, and had previously been fined a comparatively smaller amount when young fans ran onto the pitch at Ibrox after Borussia Dortmund were knocked out.
Clearly the club’s fans are gaining a reputation in UEFA’s eyes for causing problems along this historic European run.
Sending down the fine as the team prepares for battle in the subsequent round seems like unnecessary timing, but the players shouldn’t be affected by it.
They are garnering attention for all the right reasons as they have knocked off team after team on their way to the penultimate round.
But the governing body appear to view the support as trouble makers, and with every subsequent punishment the number has increased.
In the overall scheme of things at a football club the size of Rangers it is not a huge outlay, especially compared to the millions they are sure to be banking from this run, but it is a headache they could still do without.
The Light Blues will have to hope there is nothing further arising from the latest away trip to Leipzig that will come down next month, and the only thing they bring back is a lead in the tie.