Ibrox fans have been warned that using their usual songbook tonight could lead to a stadium closure at future UEFA matches.
In 2019 racist songs and chants led to two partial stadium closures and the launch of Everyone, Anyone, an award winning box-ticking exercise created by the previous PR regime.
Been informed there will be a FARE rep at tonight’s game. It’s thought if they have any evidence of sectarian singing, it’s almost a guarantee there will be a partial or full stadium closure.
— Derek Clark (@derekclarksport) August 16, 2022
Football Against Racism in Europe should be an issue supported by fans across the game but the letters F,A,R, E cause fear, hostility and conspiracy thoughts across the Ibrox fan-base.
Using the Four Lads Had a Dream podcast to get the message out it has been announced that FARE will be present at tonight’s match against PSV Eindhoven.
FARE operate discreetly, buying ordinary seats to ensure that they get a fair reflection of the actions of supporters attending UEFA matches.
Explaining their relationship and the function of FARE, in 2020 UEFA announced:
UEFA partner Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe) has launched its annual #FootballPeople weeks – a campaign that calls on supporters, clubs, players, minority groups and communities to raise awareness of social inequalities in sport, including racism, gender discrimination and homophobia.
The initiative, which runs from 8-22 October, is considered the biggest campaign for social change in the football community and brings together more than 1000 groups in 65 countries.
Getting involved is simple and fun, and there is no limit as to what you can do, as long as your activity relates to football and aims to bring about a positive change. In recent years activities have taken place across the globe, supported by some of football’s stars, such as Yaya Touré, Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Marco Verratti, Claudio Marchisio and Edinson Cavani.
“The fight to eliminate racism, discrimination and intolerance from football is a major priority for UEFA,” said UEFA President Aleksander ?eferin.
“These weeks provide an important opportunity, not only to deliver this important message, but to listen to the voices of those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, from discrimination.”
No action has ever been taken by the SFA or SPFL about the weekly songs of hatred and discrimination which is part of the Ibrox matchday experience. Normal service will be resumed away to Hibs on Saturday.
FARE are attending this evening and have tickets in BF near to BF1
It has also been made clear they will report any sectarianism and this will almost certainly lead to a partial or full stadium closure for the club
— Four Lads Had A Dream (@4ladshadadream) August 16, 2022
That’s the whole thing knackered https://t.co/NmxI08tUWa
— ???Billy_Mac ??? (@bluebellsrblu) August 16, 2022
Not if the UB behave and choose their songs wisely for 1 night.
— John Gallacher (@JohnboiG87) August 16, 2022
Young team know best though
— David (@DJH_EK) August 16, 2022
We bring it on ourselves whether u want to admit it or not
— Gaz hunter (@Gazhunter38) August 16, 2022
Can’t the club cancel their tickets and refuse them entry?
— Ross McFarlane (@RossMcFarlane1) August 16, 2022
Grassed up by FARE or fined by UEFA for something ridiculous that’s usually standard when we compete in Europe
For this to come out hours before a game tells you a story this mob are after us
— ??Coplandbear??™ 5??5??? (@Coplandbear1872) August 16, 2022
Delighted to announce 4lads has signed up as a commercial partner for season 22/23 & proud to put money into our club
Looking forward to greater media coverage & seeing 4lads advertising on match day
— Four Lads Had A Dream (@4ladshadadream) July 7, 2022