On Thursday 28th April Uefa fined Rangers FC 40,000 euros (£35,652) and banned its fans from the next away European game as a result of sectarian singing in a recent Europa League match at PSV Eindhoven.
UEFA also gave Rangers a suspended ban on its fans for a second away game for a probationary period of three years.
Additionally, UEFA issued a suspended punishment for fans' behaviour at the Ibrox leg and it will fine Rangers FC a further 40,000 euros and close Ibrox for one match if fans misbehave in the next three years.
As a result of the sanctions the club’s management team have publicly condemned the singing of any sectarian song from the Rangers supporters and warned those involved in such activities as ultimately damaging their club’s reputation.
Rangers manager Walter Smith was quoted saying: "It should be enough for people to realise the sectarian aspect of the singing has to stop". He also added: "Hopefully the situation as it stands at the moment will be a warning to anyone who does sing sectarian songs to stop it”.
Assistant manager Ally McCoist echoed the above statements adding that: “…if a ban on fans attending matches at Ibrox helped to eradicate sectarianism, it would be worth the club taking the financial hit”. Prior to last week’s UEFA decision he also said: "No matter what it costs, if the problem can get eradicated, then anything is a good thing."
Show Bigotry the Red Card applauds Smith’s and McCoist’s strong statements and asks all football fans, independently of their allegiances, to keep sectarianism and other displays of intolerance away from football grounds in Scotland and society in general.