August 30, 2019 / 12:59 PM / 3 months ago

Rangers handed another partial stadium ban for fans' racist behaviour

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Playoffs - Second Leg - Rangers v Legia Warsaw - Ibrox, Glasgow, Britain - August 29, 2019 General view of a UEFA respect banner during the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith/File Photo

(Reuters) - Rangers were ordered by UEFA to close a section of their Ibrox Stadium for their next Europa League home match in the group stage due to racist behaviour and sectarian singing by the Scottish club’s fans.

UEFA had ordered a similar closure for Thursday’s qualifying second leg match with Legia Warsaw after Rangers supporters were found guilty of sectarian singing in the previous round against St Joseph’s on July 18.

European soccer’s governing body said the latest punishment was for sectarian chanting in last week’s goalless draw against Legia in the first leg in Poland.

Rangers advanced to the group stage of Europe’s second-tier club competition with a 1-0 aggregate win.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body ruled on Friday that Rangers must again close a section of their stadium containing no fewer than 3,000 seats.

They must also display a banner with “#EqualGame” and the UEFA logo on it in their next home match.

Rangers said on Wednesday that they would not be requesting here tickets for their next European away match.

They were drawn with Portugal’s Porto, Switzerland’s Young Boys and Dutch side Feyenoord in Group G during Friday’s draw. The group stage begins on Sept. 19.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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