Rivals reveal strict SFA rule change after Rangers fan title celebrations
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Rivals reveal strict SFA rule change after Rangers fan title celebrations

Rangers’ Scottish Premiership rivals Hibs have highlighted a reported SFA rule change regarding gatherings at stadiums in a worrying set of comments prior to a Scottish Cup clash.

The Hibees took to their website to ward fans off from visiting their Scottish Cup tie away to Queen of the South which the Easter Road club eventually won 3-1.

However, the Edinburgh side also revealed that according to new guidance from the Scottish Coronavirus Joint Response Group clubs can now be punished for fan gatherings at stadiums.

“The club would like to remind all supporters of the latest government guidance at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads a Hibs statement.

“The basic message is to stay local. We would ask all our loyal valued supporters to please stay at home this weekend and listen to the commentary from Cliff Pike and Tam McManus on HIBS TV or watch the game live on the BBC.

“Under the new guidance from the Joint Response Group, the club can be punished for breaches of the guidelines.

“It is therefore important that we all follow the guidelines to assist the team in their push for a third-place finish and a good Scottish cup run.”

These comments come after largely over-zealous complaints from members of the Scottish Government following Rangers fan celebrations in the aftermath of the club’s 55th league title win.

In a moment of elation, fans took to the streets, Ibrox Stadium, and Glasgow’s George Square to celebrate the league title win amid a national lockdown.

This was met with fervent distaste from the ruling classes with much of the commentary in the fall-out disproportionate and distasteful in the extreme.

Rangers rivals Hibs revealed that clubs can now be punished as a result of covid gatherings at stadiums in new SFA guidance. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Since then, and despite the warnings of government officials, there has been absolutely no spike as a result of the celebrations, but it clearly hasn’t stopped the powers that be drafting new rules.

Apparently, it’s the responsibility of football clubs to maintain law and order in the streets. Go figure.

Rangers fans have received no apology from the government despite the fact they did not cause a spike in Covid-19 cases as was used to justify the language used to describe fans.

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