SPFL to discuss sectarian singing at Rangers v Hibs match

The SPFL delegate made reference to sectarian chanting and singing from the home support at the recent Rangers v Hibs match. Picture: John Devlin

The SPFL delegate made reference to sectarian chanting and singing from the home support at the recent Rangers v Hibs match. Picture: John Devlin

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THE Scottish Professional Football League board is to discuss sectarian singing heard at a recent Scottish Championship match between Rangers and Hibernian.

References to sectarian chanting and singing at Ibrox from some Rangers fans were included in the SPFL delegate’s report from the game on December 28.

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs was the target of sectarian abuse, while the banned ‘Billy Boys’ song could also be heard being sung by sections of the home support.

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Rangers issued a statement in the days after the match, condemning the ‘minority of fans’ that had taken part in ‘inappropriate singing’.

And now SPFL chiefs will meet on January 19 to hold talks - but it is unlikely that any action will be taken.

Under current SPFL rules, clubs will avoid punishment if the board is satisfied all reasonable and practicable steps were taken to try and ensure acceptable conduct among their fans.

Rangers were fined by UEFA in 2006 and ordered to make a public announcement at the start of all home fixtures after the ‘Billy Boys’ song was heard at a Champions League match against Spanish side Villarreal.

The club was also punished for incidents during matches against Osasuna in 2007 - where they were fined £8,280 - and PSV Eindhoven in 2011.

Former chief executive Martin Bain said in 2011: “We are not saying there is not a problem, but we are saying that for many years now we have made strenuous attempts to address [sectarian singing].”

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