Needless to say, I wasn’t saddened by the result of last night’s UEFA Cup Final. I was shocked (but not surprised) to see the pictures of rioting Rangers fans on the news this morning. It was utterly appalling to hear that a Russian fan was stabbed inside the stadium.
This is definitely not the image of Scotland that we want to see portrayed on any footballing occasion. A few blue-clad eejits have successfully spoiled what should have been a party for all, despite the fact the Rangers lost (they were in fact totally out-played by a much better side). Now there will be fall out which could impact the fixtures of all Scottish teams appearing in Europe next season and why?
Well, it seems that some of the Rangers fans threw a temper tantrum because one of the big screens on which the match was to be shown broke down. Had the same fans been watching the game at home would they have thrown bottles and rioted if the tv in their living room had packed in? Sadly, I suspect that the answer would be yes.
I wonder what would have happened if Rangers had won? On balance, it is probably better that they lost.