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Rangers punished for sectarian chants with partial closure of Ibrox – The Times

Rangers punished for sectarian chants with partial closure of Ibrox – The Times

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A section of stand containing at least 3,000 seats must be closed for Rangers’ next matchCRAIG WATSON/PA

Rangers have become the first Scottish club to be ordered by Uefa to close a section of their stadium as punishment for offensive chanting by its fans.

Football’s governing body in Europe took the action in response to sectarian singing during a Europa League qualifying match last month against St Joseph’s of Gibraltar.

Celtic and Rangers have both been given fines for crowd issues but until now the threat of a tougher sanction, such as partial or full ground closure, had not been applied.

Uefa ordered Celtic to play a game behind closed doors in 1985 because of trouble against Rapid Vienna in 1984.

Yesterday Rangers were sanctioned for the “racist behaviour” of fans and forced to close a section of Ibrox with at least…

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