OK, at first this might not seem to linked directly to Rangers, but it is linked to our demand for an investigation into what happened to us in Seville.
The following is taken directly from USA Today.
“BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish state prosecutors have opened an investigation into the contracts behind the country’s Super Cup soccer matches in Saudi Arabia following leaked audio between the president of the federation and player Gerard Piqué regarding millions of dollars in commissions.
The state prosecutors’ office told The Associated Press on Thursday that an anti-corruption investigation had been initiated recently.
The probe comes roughly a month after an on-line Spanish newspaper published stolen audio files of conversations between Piqué and Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales. The audio revealed that Piqué helped to negotiate a 24 million euro ($25.3 million) commission to take the Spanish Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.
Piqué’s company, Kosmos group, would have pocketed 4 million euros ($4.2 million) per tournament from the Saudi organizers for negotiating the six-year agreement, according to El Confidencial newspaper, which released the audio in April.”
This interesting, because the two question we asked after the events in Seville were, could all the hundreds of millions at stake in European football make someone think it was a good idea to shut up Rangers fans by making them too parched to roar; and did someone in deliberately put thousands of people’s health at risk, just to tilt the playing field in Frankfurt’s direction.
Looking at just the health risk….when a stadium cannot house people safely for the duration of the event, then the stadium must be closed, in order to get people to safety
In this extreme heat…some of our fans could have died from heat stroke.
So, the match should have been cancelled and the match continuing under these conditions was, in our view, 100% criminal.
And when this is taken with the authorities ignoring the demands of vendors to sell their food and drinks to thousands of fans, that is why we thought all the decisions made on Wednesday were inconsistent with normal practice (this includes grabbing water at the entrance from Rangers fans, banning displays only at the Rangers end and moving the Gers bus pickup location, so the fans had to walk for hours to the stadium in roasting heat)…and now we see this.
If the newspapers in Scotland still think an apology is all we need they need their head examined.
This is more than football.
This is trying to get to the bottom of why UEFA apparently put money before the lives of our fans.
They could have killed someone…and no-one in Scotland seems to care.
It’s time to make some Ibrox Noise and demand an immediate investigation.