GLASGOW – Rangers have been ordered by Uefa to close a section of their Ibrox Stadium for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw due to racist behaviour, which includes “sectarian singing” by their supporters.
European soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish club after incidents involving their fans during the second leg of their Europa League qualifier against St Joseph’s on July 18.
The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body ruled on Friday that Rangers must close a section of the stadium containing no fewer than 3 000 seats.
“Our supporters have been asked repeatedly by the club to refrain from indulging in this and other forms of unacceptable behaviour,” the club said in a statement.
“Sadly, the warnings have fallen on deaf ears, and the actions of this minority will cause the club and the majority of good and decent Rangers supporters to pay a heavy penalty.