Steven Gerrard is facing a Europa League Play Off against Young Boys on December 12 in front of NO FANS at Ibrox.
Already this season there has been two partial stand closures on the back of racist actions from supporters in matches against St Joseph’s and Legia Warsaw.
That forced the club into launching the Everyone Anyone campaign but the old supporter favourites were back with a bang last night away to Feyenoord.
The possibility of a full stadium closure first appeared in the Daily Record, the same publisher that predicted that Dave King could announce at the AGM that he was walking away.
The Sun reports:
RANGERS face having Ibrox closed for their next Europa League match against Young Boys if Uefa take action following reports of sectarian singing against Feyenoord. Gers have already been ordered by Uefa to close sections of the stadium on two occasions this season – for the visits of Legia Warsaw and Feyenoord.
Rangers also declined to take any away tickets for the trip to face Young Boys at the start of October.Now, under Uefa’s strict Article 14 rules on racism and other discriminatory conduct, they could be ordered to close the entire stadium for the final group game against Young Boys on December 12.
The Daily Record reports that Gers fans in the De Kuip stadium sung the Neil Diamond song ‘Sweet Caroline’ with the add-on ‘F*** the Pope’. And The Athletic’s Rangers correspondent Jordan Campbell reported on Twitter that he heard offensive songs that could lead to a stadium closure.
He said: “If Ibrox is shut for the Young Boys game for a couple of the songs sung tonight then the fans who are guilty can have no complaints. The club did everything they could but still some idiots seem intent on singing it.
“FARE send a rep to every Rangers game in Europe. You may think that is a form of targeting but they are applying the rules. A third rule break sees Ibrox shut. It was black and white. If you refuse to acknowledge it then it will never change.”
A draw against Young Boys would put Gerrard’s side through but without 50,000 fans that task will be much tougher.
Repaying ticket money would cost the club around £2m with little sign that that sort of figure is currently available as Dave King’s exit plan gets underway.