UEFA’s apology for Rangers fans’ treatment falls on deaf ears, such was the incompetent to borderline deliberate actions taken by the governing body and the Sevilla organisers.
To confiscate vital water from fans at the entrance is bad enough, but to fail miserably to provide provisions in the stadium for more than about a few hundred supporters is unforgiveable, before the piece de la resistance – turning off the bathroom taps so supporters had literally NO source of fluid at all.
This was borderline criminal, and the stories we’re hearing from both UEFA, the stadium organisers and the notorious Spanish police are absolutely disgraceful and takes us to the kind of inhumane treatment we’d normally expect in certain nations.
Not in a supposedly progressive western country.
For a final with 150,000 surrounding it, the organisation was a shambles, and as fans stood dehydrated, it was little wonder the atmosphere suffered.
We are not quite sure why the Frankfurt fans were so much better, given they’d surely have been prone to the same mistreatment – but then their tifoso was allowed while Rangers’ one was rejected.
Indeed, the Frankfurt fans appeared completely organised, while Rangers’ requests for the concession of similar organisation among our supporters was rejected.
We’re not crying conspiracy, we lost on the pitch and to bad luck – a lack of water for supporters didn’t make Ryan Kent or Aaron Ramsey miss.
But it doesn’t vindicate it.
It was shambolic, and neglectful, and the stories coming out now are horrifying. We’ve seen visual proof of so much of what happened and it’s scarcely believable.
UEFA? We already knew you weren’t fit for purpose, but this just affirms it.