Rangers have been hit with yet another UEFA fine, this time for throwing objects and lighting fireworks during the second leg of the semi-final against Rb Leipzig at Ibrox last month.
The Light Blues have been fined €7,750 (around £6,650) for the latest offence, taking the total over the course of the season to just under £120,000.
The Gers’ opponents in the Europa League final have also been hit with a hefty fine of €80,000 and a suspended one-match supporter ban after a pitch invasion at full-time of their semi-final win over West Ham.
This is the ninth fine for Rangers this season and, while there’s questions about UEFA’s trigger-happy attitude to issuing sanctions, we NEED to box clever moving forward.
Gifting UEFA open goals makes no sense and it isn’t as if we know what’s coming when the pyro comes out at European games.
With almost £120,000 having dropped into UEFA’s coffers from Rangers this season through fines, it is money that could have been used to far greater effect by the club, be it on players, improvements around the club or even grassroots and community programmes.
Instead, it’s heading to Nyon because some tanked-up clowns can’t keep a lid on it for a couple of hours and behave.
Rangers’ other UEFA fines this season
€5,250 for the ‘lighting and throwing of an object’ v Brondby
€6,000 for the ‘throwing of objects’ v Sparta Prague
€19,250 for ‘lighting of fireworks’ v Lyon
€5,000 for fans entering the pitch after the win v Dortmund
€35,000 for ‘throwing of objects’ and ‘acts of damage’ v Red Star in Belgrade
€46,250 for lighting fireworks and a late kick-off v Braga in Portugal
€8,000 for blocking passageways v Braga at Ibrox
€3,750 for lighting fireworks against RB Leipzig in Germany