The Covid-19 pandemic which led to the suspension of football has seen major sporting events which took place in March come under the microscope for their role in spreading the disease – and a response from a Scottish government minister to a question about possible transmission caused by Rangers’ Europa League clash with Leverkusen is nothing short of contemptible.
Labour MSP Neil Findlay had tabled a question asking how many of the over 50,000 at Ibrox that night have been contact traced, and what information was held on any deaths of those who had attended.
Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing Joe FitzPatrick’s response was brief, confirming no information was held by the Scottish government.
According to Professor Tim Spector – who runs the Covid-19 Symptom Study at King’s College London – Liverpool’s Champions League clash at Anfield, the night before Rangers faced Leverkusen, ‘directly contributed’ to Covid hotspots in the aftermath.
That there’s been nothing done to follow up on the potential spread as a result of a packed Ibrox is remarkable.
Fans were incredulous when the response was shared on Twitter by Findlay – with many suggesting contacting the club for details of those who attended would have been a sensible starting point.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans on Twitter:
If only someone had a (relatively accurate) source of those in attendance…👀🤷♂️ https://t.co/7wHT4MGtG2
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) June 10, 2020
We as Rangers fans where told we couldn't attend game in Germany but our thick Scottish government allowed a couple a thousand Germans to parade around our city centre pubs while being one of the worst hit by covid at the time clever very clever
— opposition fc (@weeguyblue) June 10, 2020
I'm no Taggart but contacting Rangers would be my first port of call… https://t.co/2J56b01E2k
— Robert Ryan (@Boab10s) June 10, 2020
what a meek reply ….The Club will have details of EVERYONE that purchased a ticket for the match. Not exactly difficult to get the information Mr Fitzpatrick! https://t.co/T2q2pV8090
— Wilf Marshall (@Wilf1872) June 10, 2020