As we alluded to earlier…there seems to be something wrong in the way our fans were treated at the UEFA final.
And we weren’t going to say anything, because IN just isn’t into conspiracy theories.
But, it has got to the point this now needs to be investigated.
The facts are clear; and just so everyone is on the same page, these are
- Because of the return of Rangers, Scotland’s coefficient has stormed up the European table. In fact, no other country has advanced as quickly as Scotland.
- Money plays a large part in determining which teams are the best, and the European coefficients are set up to ensure the top leagues now have two parachutes to ensure they stay in European competitions and they keep generate points for their respective countries. Countries at the bottom have no parachute, and are out after one defeat.
- This new idea to give two positions to teams based on their “historical” contributions is only there to give their countries yet another parachute… to make sure the money stays in the top leagues.
The point I am trying to make is football is a business, and there are few businesses in the world that generate as much money as football.
And though we can argue about the details, when there are hundreds of millions floating around, those hundreds of millions will affect people’s thinking, and many people’s lives.
And this now takes us to the final…
All through the build-up, everyone was well aware of how big a part the Rangers fans have already played in the wins against two top German teams.
In fact there were hundreds of comments throughout European newspapers that the fans were Rangers 12th man.…and when Rangers could not rely on the fans, they were a completely different team.
So, we now come to the 100 million dollar question.
Were the actions taken on Wednesday designed to shut up the Rangers fans….with the organizers knowing full well that parched throats do not make for loud noise.
Now, I know how large events are arranged.
I have personally helped organise major International Kung Fu championships, and I been part of the World Championships in China, where the event literally takes over entire cities.
And the first item on the to do list is to talk to vendors who are all desperate to sell their stuff to fans, and to make sure all the participants have enough water and food.
To cut off water, and remove water from bags before entry, and then have an inadequate supply of water for sale at the venue suggests a conspiracy.
And that is why we are now calling for an independent investigation.
The organisers’ apologies ring hollow. They have run large events before, and they were aware, well in advance, that this week was going to be roasting hot.
And the stories we have heard suggest there was a massive difference in the way the two sets of fans were treated.
And just to jog your memories…there has been corruption before that has affected Scotland in Europe’s premier football competitions.
In the 1984 European Cup semi-final, Dundee United were eliminated after Roma bribed the referee to throw the match their way.
Dundee United has won the first leg 2-0, and Roma (through the help of the referee) turned it around and won 3-0 in the second leg.
This is not the way we wanted to finish this year’s run….but it’s time for an investigation.
We don’t need an apology.