Today’s report which confirms UEFA’s disgraceful conduct and handling over the Champions League final earlier this year was a ‘failure’ is only intriguing for one thing – the fact no such investigation or report was carried out over their similar failure in Seville.
As we remember from earlier this year, Rangers fans were treated like cattle, abused at the final as water was denied entry before the stadium’s own supply was shut off – a real risk to life ensued as fans battled dehydration with Rangers players having to literally save lives by supplying the fans with water where they could.
But nothing – no report, no accountability, no investigation was ever launched into this diabolical evening where thousands of Rangers fans were baked in searing hot temperatures, miles away from the stadium, before being treated worse by stadium staff and local police.
And why? Because Rangers’ board never pushed for it.
We get it, the Champions League final is a big deal and the biggest club match in the world, but that the Europa League final and the diabolical lack of diligence and duty of care meted out to Rangers fans was basically ignored shows just how little it mattered to those in high places, including in our own club.
True, this latest report and investigation wasn’t done by UEFA, because Alex Ceferin and his cronies couldn’t and never have cared less about the people who support the football they govern, but that no such similar independent examination was ever carried out into the travesties of Seville really sums up the lack of interest in Rangers fans’ well-being.
But Liverpool? Well, they matter hugely, and their kicking up of a fuss about the treatment their fans received is quite opposite to the disinterest our club took in fan treatment and how the final played out.
Truth be told we already knew they didn’t care when no beamback was offered – the only European finalist not to do one of the four clubs.
But the lack of interest into holding UEFA or Seville to account just highlights further how disinterested the board are in the fans altogether.
But of course, UEFA themselves are the ones response for the mania at the end of the day, and they don’t care either.