Leon Balogun forced to bail out UEFA as Gers fans struggle

Leon Balogun forced to bail out UEFA as Gers fans struggle
BRAGA, PORTUGAL - APRIL 07: Leon Balogun of Rangers FC warms up ahead of the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Leg One match between Sporting Braga and Rangers FC at Estadio Municipal de Braga on April 07, 2022 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Leon Balogun was no hero on Wednesday, he only did what UEFA, Sevilla and the event organisers both couldn’t and refused to – supplied our fans with water.

Like the fan who pointed it out said, it wasn’t the defender’s duty to save fans’ lives, but he literally did what the hosts negligently failed to, and supplied them with absolutely vital fluid.

Maybe the fan was slightly exaggerating with some of the rhetoric about not surviving without it, but his sentiments were far from an exaggeration.

Balogun, seeing the supporters were parched, helped out in the spirit of a true Ranger, without, we’re sure, expecting to be applauded for it.

He’d not want credit, he shouldn’t have been in a situation to need to do that, and that’s on UEFA and the organisers.

But he has shown humanity and decency, and spotted something outside his remit, and for that he gets our respect.

In truth, Ibrox Noise regulars know we’re big fans of Balogun, and just pity the shame he cannot generally stay fit for long, but the German-born Nigerian is a real gent and this conduct is of no surprise.

It’s just a scandal it was needed.

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