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BBC Scotland holding back news of 200 seats broken by Ibrox fans

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After two days of running Shock Horror stories over broken seats at Kilmarnock on Sunday a BBC reporter stated that the club from Ibrox were billed for 200 broken seats following their recent trip to Aberdeen.

Any broken seats is a matter of concern, many of those damaged at Kilmarnock were as a result of supporters celebrating but it would be naive to think that some weren’t resulting from vandalism.

Kris Boyd decided to highlight some broken seats on his Instagram on Sunday evening with his various news outlets running with the story.

With a focus on that matter Kilmarnock obliged with a statement on Monday night mentioning that the damage had been discussed with the Celtic directors.

BBC Scotland have been happy to focus on the matter online and in their radio discussions with the damage featuring again on Sportsound last night. On their Kilmarnock page three of the four most recent stories focus on the damaged seats

During the conversation, Richard Gordon, hosting the show let slip how the BBC had been sitting on information of a similar incident on a larger scale.

I hadn’t realised it was an SPFL regulation that the visiting club had to pay for damage,” he stated on Sportsound last night. “I know for instance the most recent Aberdeen-Rangers game, there was about 200 seats damaged.

And I know Aberdeen were sending Rangers the bill for that but I didn’t realise it was actually set in stone that the visiting club had to pay for it.”

Steven Gerrard’s club were given an allocation of 2,500 tickets for their 3-2 win over Aberdeen with 200 broken seats representing 8% of those allocated to visiting fans.

Without overdoing any tit-for-tat arguments the equivalent at Rugby Park would have resulted in 560 broken seats.

While his own club were playing at Dundee that night Boyd was part of the Sky Sports team covering the Ibrox club’s 3-2 win away to Aberdeen.

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