Rangers have sent a strong statement to fans who do not stand beside their players amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across sport and the discussion concerning racism in football.
Rangers fans rallied behind the likes of Connor Goldson and the rest of the team’s black players after a loud minority backlash to the Ibrox side taking the knee in the Veolia Trophy tournament in France.
Sportspeople across the world have been doing the gesture to take a stand against the racism which is still so prevalent in our society today, taking a second to appreciate the continuing racism, institutional or otherwise, aimed at black people across the world.
Highlighting the disgusting racist abuse aimed at Alfredo Morelos – which is now subject to a police investigation – Rangers have made it clear that anyone who holds such views is not welcome at Ibrox.
“Alfredo Morelos was the victim of racist abuse via social media on Friday evening. This hate crime is now subject of a police investigation,” reads a Rangers statement.
“This is unacceptable, cannot be tolerated and must be condemned by everyone in Scottish football and society as a whole.
“Furthermore, as a club, we stand firmly behind our players who have taken a knee prior to recent games. This is a strong stance against racism.
“We will work tirelessly to protect our players every single day and will not tolerate the abuse or hatred that some have had to endure in recent days.
“To be clear, if you are unable to support our players, regardless of their background, you are not welcome at Ibrox. Rangers is a club for all.
“‘Everyone Anyone’, our groundbreaking diversity and inclusion initiative, celebrates its first anniversary on Wednesday. Recent incidents highlight the importance of our campaign which we will continue to drive forward.”
As Rangers approaches the year anniversary of the ground-breaking Everyone, Anyone campaign, the Gers have made it clear that anyone not on board with the message, isn’t welcome at Ibrox.
Naturally, a swell of the club’s supporters have expressed their happiness that the club have spoken out and taken a leading role on the issue.
A vocal minority of Rangers fans were overwhelmingly stamped out by a proud majority who have made it clear they will no longer stand for this kind of unacceptable behaviour.
When one fan or a group of fans behaves this way, it tars us all, it hurts the players.
Here’s how many Gers fans reacted to the message on Twitter:
This isn't difficult. The players are united. The club support it. Don't come back if you can't tolerate that. pic.twitter.com/nMiX1ruW1l
— Garry Carmody (@GarryCarmody) July 20, 2020
Love Rangers, hate racism 💙
— Steely (@OhItsSteely) July 20, 2020
The only colour we care about is blue
Love Rangers, Hate Racism
— Graeme (@grmcrns) July 20, 2020
— Rampant Ryan Jack 🇿🇲 (@RampantRyanJack) July 20, 2020
— 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗲𝗹 (@SeafarerMichael) July 20, 2020
There it is from the horses mouth. Support the players don’t be close minded it isn’t a grand conspiracy. if you think otherwise you will be on the wrong side of history on this one. pic.twitter.com/gK7HoC3VYF
— Alan Watson (@Awatson4384) July 20, 2020
Back our players, back our club. They are leading by example, it's time we all followed their example. No room for racism at Rangers. If you can't get on board and support the players find another club. pic.twitter.com/YMELtn0gdo
— Euan Swinton (@Euan1986) July 20, 2020
Good statement. Glad the club have given the message that if you have an issue with our players being anti-racist, and using the knee to signify that, then you are not welcome. I am sure the vast majority are in firm agreement.
— Gavin (@gavin6784) July 20, 2020
— •Daz🇬🇧🏴• (@AyeReady87) July 20, 2020
— Tags (@tagsbo) July 20, 2020
Clear and unequivocal 👏 pic.twitter.com/GJJNg6VLk3
— Rossco (@HeartandHutts) July 20, 2020
My club 💙 pic.twitter.com/wxXZt77tNn
— bgibb1991 (@bgibb1991) July 20, 2020
Love Rangers Hate Racism 🔴⚪️💙
— Debz Lawson (@LawDebz) July 20, 2020
Love rangers, hate racism. Anyone with a problem can leave, they won’t be missed.
— Grant Anderson (@GrantAnderson95) July 20, 2020
— Ibrox Chat (@IbroxChat) July 20, 2020
Said it how it is. If you disagree, well you know where the door is
— William 🇳🇱 (@_William72) July 20, 2020
Absolutely sickened by some of the comments I've seen in the past few days. The message is clear and I applaud the club for coming out and telling it like it is. Our club will never be used as a vehicle for those hell-bent on hatred. Luckily, they are a small minority.
— TheRanter2012🏴 (@TheRanter2012) July 20, 2020
Love Rangers. Hate Racism.
— Thomas (@Thomas1872_) July 20, 2020
Absolutely spot on;
'To be clear, if you are unable to support our players, regardless of their background, you are not welcome at Ibrox. Rangers is a club for all.'
— Iain Crawford🃏 (@icrawford17) July 20, 2020
Absolutely brilliant to see a statement like this after that weekend. Just what we needed. Well done @RangersFC 👏
— Rangers Fans Against Hate (@RFAH1872) July 20, 2020
Rangers have been unequivocal on this matter – there is no room for racism at Ibrox and if you can’t get on board with that, you’re not welcome at the club.
These comments are just a drop in the ocean of support which has been sent the way of our black players in the last few days.
The Everyone, Anyone campaign will be one year old come Wednesday and this debate is perhaps a timely one given the backdrop and circumstances.
We are all the people.