Scotland’s Justice Secretary Hamza Yousaf has slammed some Glasgow Rangers fans following their celebrations across the city on Saturday.
The Lowdown: Gers fans take to the streets
On Saturday, Rangers beat Aberdeen 3-0 to end the Premiership season unbeaten (BBC). It was also the day the players received the trophy at Ibrox – as a result, thousands of fans took to the streets across Glasgow to celebrate.
Unfortunately, there were some unsavoury scenes across the day – 20 arrests were made, while some police officers were injured after altercations with the crowds (firstpost.com).
The Latest: Yousaf slams supporters
Yousaf was far from happy with what he saw and took the opportunity to criticise those fans who indulged in anti-social behaviour. He said (via The National):
“I understand the significance of this day for Rangers fans but I am extremely disappointed that supporters have once again ignored Covid regulations and chosen to gather in large numbers in Glasgow.
“This selfish and irresponsible behaviour endangers the lives of others – supporters, the police on duty and the wider community.“I want to thank the police for incredibly difficult job they are doing keeping our communities safe throughout the pandemic.
“We have already discussed this with Rangers and will liaise with Police Scotland and the football authorities to consider what further action can be taken.”
The Verdict: Small minority
Some of the scenes involving Rangers were disappointing. This was supposed to be a day of pure joy, yet it was tarred by a minority who could not control themselves. Unfortunately, this is something we see on a regular basis in football – all of the Gers supporters should not be held responsible for the acts of a few.
Do you agree with Yousaf?
While Yousaf does have a point, it would be interesting to hear his thoughts on the large crowds who took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Solidarity for Palestine protest. That cause is more important than winning a trophy, but it cannot be one rule for some and a different one for others, which appears to be the case here.
In other news, this pundit has teared into one Gers man.
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