Statement from FARE following the charging of Rangers FC15 April 2011

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Rangers FC following allegations of sectarian singing during both legs of last month’s Europa League matches against PSV Eindhoven.

Piara Powar, Executive Director of the FARE network commented today,

“I can confirm that FARE submitted separate observer reports to UEFA following each of Rangers two Europa League games against Eindhoven.

“The reports were gathered as part of an ongoing monitoring programme undertaken by partners of the network, in this case prompted by concerns at sectarian singing at previous Rangers matches in Europe this season.

“There is debate in some quarters as to the qualification of the FARE observer at the games. I can confirm that he/ she has no political, religious or football affiliations that would bring into question their ability to act as a neutral observer. The observer is also fully qualified to understand and interpret the behaviour of fans at the two games.

“There are explicit suggestions emanating from Rangers FC of “a deliberate and targeted campaign against the club”. The FARE network is focused only on our core mission of tackling discrimination in football and encouraging social inclusion through the game. We have no axe to grind with any club.

”We are unable to issue any further statements on this matter until after the case has been heard by a UEFA commission later this month.”