Rangers v Celtic: Three men arrested in connection with ‘racist conduct’

POLICE Scotland have made the first of “numerous” arrests in connection with the alleged racist conduct by some Rangers fans ahead of their clash with Celtic.

It comes as a group marched through Argyle Street and near Glasgow Central station allegedly singing ‘The Famine Is Over’.

Three men, aged 19, 21 and 24-years-old have been charged in connection with the incident. 

They are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court at a later date.

Officers say their investigations are continuing and are working with Rangers to take action against those responsible.

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Divisional Commander for Greater Glasgow Police Division, said: “We have made the first of what I expect to be numerous arrests following the disgraceful racial conduct shown by a minority of Rangers supporters who were making their way to Ibrox stadium on Sunday, August 29.

“Three men, aged 24, 21 and 19 years old, were arrested and charged last night, Wednesday, September 1, in connection with racially aggravated offences towards a member of the public and for the singing of racist material.

“This racist conduct will not be tolerated and our investigations are continuing. We will continue to work with Rangers FC to identify and take appropriate action against those responsible.”

Following the incident, the club released a statement condemning “all forms of racism, sectarianism and discrimination” after the incident in the city centre at the weekend.

They have since issued a statement confirming the three men have been banned from future fixtures.

It reads: “After liaising with Police Scotland regarding a well documented incident on Sunday, Rangers have written to 3 individuals to confirm their indefinite ban from all club fixtures.

“We reiterate our Club stance against all forms of discrimination and once again, underline our approach to so-called ‘fans’ who bring the good name of Rangers FC into disrepute.”

The Herald Scotland

The Herald Scotland

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