Rangers have today confirmed that a section of Ibrox will be closed for the second-leg Europa League clash with Legia Warsaw on Thursday as a result of “racist behaviour” of supporters – specifically sectarian singing – during the qualifying win over St Joseph’s back in July.
In a lengthy statement released by the club, they confirmed that UEFA had ordered the closure of “no fewer than 3000” seats with the club confirming it will look to impact “offending supporters.”
The statement was also clear in the club’s stance that any individual who engages in such behaviour is not welcome at Ibrox and only harms the club they profess to support.
Chairman Dave King reiterated that Rangers are a club open to supporters of all religions, races and cultures, insisting that if anyone cannot accept that then the Gers are “not the club for them.
“Rangers is a club open to all and we will continue to convey this message at every opportunity through our Everyone Anyone initiative,” King said in the club’s statement.
“Rangers has players and supporters from many religions, cultures and backgrounds but we are one and the same when we gather to support our club. If any supporter cannot accept that then Rangers is not the club for them”.
The closure will see the capacity of Ibrox reduced to just over 47,000 for the clash with Legia and see the club lose out a sizeable sum in ticket money.
The punishment isn’t Rangers’ first for sectarian singing and the club could also be in line for further sanctions if any further instances have been reported from the subsequent clashes with Progres, FC Midtjylland or Legia Warsaw.
With the sections to be closed still to be confirmed by the club, an area of 3000 seats is roughly the equivalent to the whole Broomloan front being empty.