New UEFA reports offers clues into Rangers’ Sevilla nightmare

New UEFA reports offers clues into Rangers’ Sevilla nightmare
Glasgow Rangers supporters celebrate after Rangers' Nigerian midfielder Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (not seen) scored his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Glasgow Rangers at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on May 18, 2022. (Photo by Pierre-Philippe MARCOU / AFP) (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

It might be past history to some, but Rangers’ fan treatment in Sevilla remains a bugbear of Ibrox Noise and the support to this day, and today’s confirmation that the latest Champions League final was yet another farce just like last year’s between Liverpool and Real Madrid just shows how disgraceful UEFA actually are, and how all they care about is the money these showpiece occasions raise.

That UEFA actually admitted it was ‘remarkable’ that no one died in Paris last year, that they almost praised the lack of death shows how abhorrent this organisation actually are.

But of course, Sevilla was where it all started – Rangers (and Frankfurt) fans suffering, no water, stadium shut down, no toileting facilities, no stalls for purchase, and Leon Balogun and others left to literally save fans’ lives by supplying them with water.

That this criminality has been forgotten is diabolical, and should not be allowed to stand – this needs a thorough investigation into it, just like other football disasters, whether loss of life was involved or not, and those responsible need to be held accountable and punished.

Rangers fans have largely forgotten Sevilla due to the result, but the circumstances of how fans were treated like cattle and deprived of the basics was appalling and should not be left to rot in history.

It’s even worse that only last year and this year’s Champions League finals seem to get into the public domain for reports into the shortcomings – because the UCL is bigger, it gets the attention when things go wrong, with even chief criminal Alex Ceferin only admitting ‘that not everything was perfect’ in Istanbul between City and Inter.

Nothing was close to perfect in Sevilla, and that should NOT be forgotten.

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