Rangers fan group Club 1872 release statement on sectarianism debate
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Rangers fan group Club 1872 release statement on sectarianism debate

Rangers fan group Club 1872 have released a damning statement on unacceptable behaviour in the wake of the sectarianism debate raging in Scottish football.
The group have took the stance that all forms of unacceptable behaviour should be challenged equally. They also call out Scottish media, politicians and interest groups who “continue to sensationalise incidents based on their own prejudice or self-interest.”
In a strongly worded statement the group have also invited discussion and debate on the subject “if such dialogue ever begins”. They then go on to praise the statements and work of the club in this area.

The incident involving Steve Clarke came up only days after that involving Kris Boyd. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Club 1872 fully supports the stance of Rangers and Rangers’ manager, Steven Gerrard in condemning all unacceptable behaviour in Scottish football.

“It is absolutely clear to us that Rangers has done and continues to do what it reasonably can to address this issue, which remains a problem amongst a minority of all clubs’ supporters and wider society.
“We will be happy to work with the club on future initiatives in this area.”

Straight-talking and direct statement from Club 1872

The group then point to incidences where there has not been parity in the reporting of major sectarian events surrounding other clubs. Namely, the incident surrounding Kris Boyd where “Andy Walker laughed about sectarian abuse of Kris Boyd but days later took the polar opposite approach to similar abuse of Steve Clarke.”

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The statement then goes on to name politician James Dornan and sectarian charities Nil by Mouth and Show the Racism the Red Card as groups who “completely ignored “orange b****rd” chants directed at Boyd but immediately sprung into action when Steve Clarke spoke about the subject.”

Club 1872 are a fan group and currently the 2nd largest shareholder in the club with 10.7% of the shares.
They have previously called out Glasgow City Councillors for their involvement in the denial of space for a Rangers Fan Zone.