When Will The Intimidation End ?
Over the past two years three Scottish clubs have entered administration. Fans of Hearts and Dunfermline did not sit back and wait for a sugar daddy. Their supports organised, raised money and bought control of their respective clubs from the Administrator. I’m not a great fan of Hearts but I wish them and the Dunfermline fans well for the future. Both sets of fans showed humility and dignity throughout their ordeal.
The third club Rangers FC are now going through the liquidation process, they died in 2012 after their fans decided to go down the sugar daddy root aided and abetted by the mainstream media in Scotland. In their place after having to apply for membership of the Scottish Football League is a new club. As such they are treated as a new club by UEFA and FIFA. The only association to muddy the waters is the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Regardless of what the SFA say or refuse to say there is a real life test as to whether the club now based at Ibrox are a new club. It’s straight forward. If the current Ibrox club win the Scottish cup in 2014 they will not be eligible to play in any UEFA competitions. End of story.
For years this country has been embarrassed both at home and in Europe by the Rangers support. The late journalist Ian Archer once said “This has to be said about Rangers, as a Scottish Football club they are a permanent embarrassment and an occasional disgrace. This country would be a better place if Rangers did not exist.” However what we have seen since Valentine’s day 2012 has moved their nastiness into a new orbit.
Managers, football fans, club directors, football administrators and journalists have been threatened to the extent where the Police have had to give them either protection or advice on their safety. Raith Rovers were informed of a serious plot to burn down their main stand after Chairman Turnbull Hutton spoke the truth. Jim Spence is just the latest in a long line of people to have been threatened and bullied by the Rangers support. Is it any wonder when you consider the following ?
Charles Green invoked the ‘it’s not our fault, everyone is anti Rangers ‘ tactic to sell season tickets last season and Craig Mather employed the same tactics this year. Their manager Ally ‘the joker’ McCoist has publicly demanded to ‘know’ the names of those in power who passed sanctions on both oldco and newco. McCoist was well aware who ‘these people’ were but that did not stop him putting these peoples safety in jeopardy by whipping the support into a frenzy. Only weeks ago the ‘cheeky chappie’ tried to blacken the names of other players and officials because one of his players was caught betting against his own team.
On top of this we have serial fools like Chris Graham spreading lies about Celtic supporters regarding knives and bus fires. Why the mainstream media allow this guy near a TV or Radio station is beyond me.
In any other country the press would have hammered Messrs McCoist, Green and Mather for stirring up anger and let’s be honest hate towards innocent people. Unfortunately the people of Scotland and it’s football supporters have been let down. Let down by a cowardly press pack hoping for scraps from the Ibrox table and football’s governing bodies who’s lack of courage has let this dangerous situation occur.
As for the Police they only seem interested in “The Offensive Behaviour At Football” part of the new act. Unfortunately it seems they have forgot the “Threatening Communications” part. They could have a field day on Rangers message boards.
So when will this intimidation end ? I don’t know, I can only hope it’s before someone is seriously injured. It’s time for the decent law abiding people to stand up and let the authorities know that we are not prepared to accept this nonsense any longer.